Downtown Rescue Mission in Hunttsvile serves holiday meals

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"It's good to get the guys out in the community", said Comets player Reid Boucher. "Not just being grateful but giving back to everyone". "We only have so much space in our kitchen and so much space to serve on Thanksgiving Day".

Fortunately, there's never a shortage of volunteers to help out putting the meals together and delivering them to those in need.

- The Union Gospel Mission is responsible for providing about 60,000 holiday meals for those in need over Thanksgiving. The Comets also coordinated the donation of 300 foil baking pans, donated by Family Dollar locations in Barneveld, Utica, and Whitesboro. Between Tuesday and Wednesday, organizers expected to have served around 1,100 meals in Tyler and Longview.

Earlier this week, volunteers packed thousands of bags with groceries for Thanksgiving dinners-the nonprofit's 60th year of doing so.

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"I came here for a handout and ended up getting a hand up", said Robert Larkin of St. Paul.

"Well it's my tradition and so I'm happy to be here and I'm very happy that I've been blessed, able to do this", he added. Green beans, mashed potatoes and of course, turkey, will be served to an estimated 4,000 people this year with the help of selfless volunteers. Volunteers who'd like to help set up can arrive at Duncan Dining Hall starting at 8:00 a.m.

On Thursday, that biblical action will come to life when the Center in Enterprise will host its annual Thanksgiving meal from noon to 1 p.m.at the dining hall across from the Center at 231 Geneva Highway.

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