COLUMBUS, Ga. – Thursday Valley Rescue Mission opened their doors once again to the hungry and homeless. Mitzi Oxford, the Development Director, says hundreds of people received a Thanksgiving meal on the house.
“Were so excited because we’re able to feed the hungry and offer the homeless a place to come. not only for a traditional Thanksgivng meal, but to be surrounded by people who love them and care about them,” says Oxford.
Catherine Goodwin has been volunteering for 23 years.
“Year after year I look forward to coming down on Thanksgiving and Christmas to serve the community,” says Goodwin.
And she says it never gets old. She comes to see the smiles on people’s faces.
“This is the only meal they get and some people look forward to it and for some people the mission is the only place that will give them food,” says Goodwin.
“What do you guys serve to folks that come in for Thanksgiving? Well they’re going to get a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and dressing of course, green beans, a roll and pie for dessert,” says Oxford.
More than 800 people were served at the Valley Rescue Mission.
“We have a lot of potato pies, pecan pies and red velvet cake and I enjoy greeting them at the door and giving them a piece of cake,” says Goodwin.