Carol Isaak of Newport started volunteering with UGMTC four years ago.
Dawn Moltzan, Hiway 80 Rescue Mission's Tyler director, said the mission views the meal as a great opportunity to help those in need have a nice Thanksgiving meal. "The amount of volunteers we get every year and the outpouring of love is just fabulous". "We only have so much space in our kitchen and so much space to serve on Thanksgiving Day".
She said the meal is a way to build relationships with those who attend and let them know about the services the mission offers. "Thanksgiving, though, is our most exciting holiday event of the year, as staff and volunteers have been working extra hard to prepare a spectacular meal".
Pitching in for this meal, H-E-B provided a credit toward the turkey purchases, and Peace Lutheran Church baked and bought around 100 pies.
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"I just really like helping out people and it just makes me feel really good", she said.
"I came here for a handout and ended up getting a hand up", said Robert Larkin of St. Paul.
As the smell of turkey wisps through the chilly Thanksgiving day air, it's estimated that 1,000 people from around the Bull City will dine with the Durham Rescue Mission Thursday. Volunteers who'd like to help set up can arrive at Duncan Dining Hall starting at 8:00 a.m. Breakfast got underway around 6 a.m. Lunch was planned for noon and dinner at 6 p.m.
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