Organizations helping those in need for Thanksgiving

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) - As we get closer to Thanksgiving, organizations all over Columbus are giving to those in need.

It takes about 18 pans of dressing, 100 turkeys, 60 hams, and 25 pans of green beans for Valley Rescue Mission to feed about 1,000 people, like Tyrone Porter, a hot meal on Thanksgiving.

He says he might be able to have Thanksgiving without the outreach program, but it would have been difficult.

"It wouldn't be as meaningful as it is now because I would have been out on the street.  So, now, it is like I've got a loving family around me," said Porter.

Development Director Joshua McQuien says anyone can come here to Valley Rescue Mission for a chapel service at 11:00 am Thursday followed by a Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings starting at 12:00 pm.

For those who are unable leave their home and the elderly, McQuien says they will even deliver a meal to your house.

"It's a huge blessing for Valley Rescue Mission to have a presence in this town and be able to affect the people that it affects--just to see the smile on their faces when they receive that meal, when they receive the help that they need," said McQuien.

Other programs like Uptown Market Thanksgiving are getting  birds in the oven and ready to deliver to the homes of more than 1,000 homes of those in need.

"This economy has had its effect on everyone, and this is something, otherwise, people may not have a Thanksgiving Day meal, and we're just very happy to be able to provide it," said Chef Jamie Gruber, one of the leaders of the project.

He explains they are in need for volunteers, like Pat Frey, to help deliver all the food.

"We've always had more than enough on Thanksgiving.  So, this is just our way of giving back to the community and making sure that other families have a good Thanksgiving meal," said Frey.

Porter says he is grateful not only for the full stomach he'll have on Thanksgiving but also for the community that makes it possible.

"I look forward to seeing the people getting the food and the smiles on their faces."

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