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Distributing more than a Thanksgiving Meal

Rescue Mission

Syracuse’s Rescue Mission will be serving hundreds of Thanksgiving meals today to individuals who otherwise might not have one. CEO Alan Thornton says meal preparations started early this morning to feed an estimated 2,000 individuals.

"I think we’re in the vicinity of 1,300 pounds of cooked turkey, 45 trays of stuffing, of potatoes, over 300 pies, more trays of vegetables, lots of cookies. You name it, we’re going to have it,” said Thornton.

While many of the meals will be served at the Rescue Mission campus on Gifford Street in Syracuse, the biggest number will be delivered to volunteers to people who can’t get there. Thornton says for those homebound individuals, sometimes the delivery of a dinner is the only human contact they will have on the holiday.

"Even more important at times than the actual food they receive, which is very important, is that personal contact. And we often hear from volunteers, that the people they’re delivering to will tell them, you’re the only person I’ll see today. You’re the only guest I have today.”

Ellen produces news reports and features related to events that occur in the greater Syracuse area and throughout Onondaga County. Her reports are heard regularly in regional updates in Morning Edition and All Things Considered.