We hear the endless complaints: the cost of travel to get to family, the time and money spent to prepare the meal, and even the fear of gaining weight over the holidays.
But people at the Center for the Homeless in South Bend say they have no complaints. They are just happy to be a part of a community that is so giving.
Thanks, thank you, and thankful are words coming out of everyone's mouths at the Center this Thanksgiving.
Alice Blaisdell says, “Thank you and God bless."
Robert Towns says, “I'm thankful for it. At least, I have a roof over my head and some good food.”
Both Blaisdell and Towns say it will not be a picture perfect Thankgiving scene with a family spending time together at home around a table filled with food, but they both say from what they can see, the South Bend community has helped make it an almost perfect Thankgiving.
Towns says, “In fact, I tasted some of the turkey early. It’s delicious.”
All of the food: turkey, vegetables, stuffing, cakes, and pies was donated and prepared by the community.
They will also be back on Thursday to give their time.
Myrnetta Daniel has worked at the center for three years. She says, “I just think it's amazing to see especially on Thanksgiving Day, so many people rolling in hour after hour, three or four people just coming in and making their way to the kitchen.”
Towns says, “It's not about what you have or how much you have it's about the little bit that you do have and can share with other people.”
Blaisdell says, “They've gone out of their way to make it pleasant for us and make it homey for us and it shows a lot of love.”
The shelter is expecting about 100 people or so Thursday. They are ready to welcome anyone who needs a place to enjoy a full course Thanksgiving meal.
They will be serving breakfast at about 8:30, lunch at noon, and dinner at 4:30.