Hope Rescue Mission Busy Helping on Thanksgiving

By: Joel Schipper
By: Joel Schipper

More than 120 people were busy scooping, lifting, and serving the less fortunate in the community.

Homemade food, including: stuffing, turkey, cranberry sauce, and sweet potatoes was donated and brought in.

The Hope Rescue Mission expected to deliver more than 500 meals this Thanksgiving.

Clyde Manning of the Hope Rescue Mission said, “This is a wonderful chance for people who are really in need and feeling some pain this season to hear a greeting of happy Thanksgiving and have a good hot meal delivered to their doors

Bins full of green beans, turkey, sweet potatoes are taken on by an assembly line of people working as quickly as possible to get the food out to more than 500 people in the community.

The recipients include the less fortunate, elderly who are shut ins, as well as those people who are alone on thanksgiving.

All the food is homemade and donated.

For some, it is their first time volunteering while it is an annual event for others.

John Kabzinski has volunteered for years, he said, “Every year, every year for the last 8. It's become a tradition for us which is kind of cool. And we'll probably do it till we can't do it.”

After all the meals are packed up, car loads of volunteers arrive and are ready to deliver meals through out Michiana.

One volunteer who helps deliver meals said, “I think it's a real good chance this will be a tradition. This is just too much enjoyment to not do it again.”

Martha and Jon Byler load up as well and head off to make their first delivery.

Martha said, “It's a way of expressing my faith and appreciation to God for all He's given me, us, our family and so I think we have a lot to learn from each other those of us who don't have a lot and those who can go and share.”

Volunteers say it is the camaraderie when they are putting the meals together and the Thanksgiving stories they share with each other that makes Thanksgiving extra special.

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