COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -For those with no place to go for Thanksgiving dinner, the Valley Rescue Mission is their home away from home - at least for one day - and this year they're expecting to feed about a 1,000 people.
The Valley Rescue Mission is gearing up for one if it's biggest days of the year. Soon these tables will be filled with hundreds of people for its Thanksgiving Day feast.
But before that happens, they are rolling out and loading more than a hundred turkeys into their van. The stars of the meal are headed to Masterbuilt to be smoked. All types of bread are in baskets and desserts are starting to come in.
Other items they're preparing includes: 70 hams, 300 cans of green beans, 75 cans of cranberry sauce, 200 pounds of dressing and of course turkey gravy - 10 gallons of it.
But the Valley Rescue Mission says it's about more than just a good meal.
"It's really about providing a place where people can come together on a holiday like Thanksgiving," Mitzi Oxford, development director at Valley Rescue Mission said. "And gives us the opportunity to feed the homeless and the hungry, it shows them that somebody cares and really it boils down to be an answer to a prayer."
The Valley Rescue Mission will serve its Thanksgiving meal at noon Thursday. Prior to that is a worship service that begins at 11 a.m. in the chapel.