By: Kayla Bremer
The People's City Mission and Matt Talbot Kitchen will open their doors and provide traditional Thanksgiving meals to families and friends in need.
The ovens are on and turkeys are cooking while preparation is underway at the mission for their annual Thanksgiving dinner.
Seventy-five volunteers will put on a much appreciated holiday meal for families and individuals in need.
"They get a chance to relax, you know, and have somebody serve them and just live, even if it's only for a few moments, a normal lifestyle," Jerry Owen said.
This year the mission is expecting more than 300 people and they're preparing in a big way.
Culinary students from Southeast Community College helped prepare the dozens of turkeys and more than 50 pies were delivered along with hundreds of pounds of potatoes. They'll all be served along with the rest of the traditional Thanksgiving foods.
"This is all community effort," Owen added. "It's not something we've had to go out and buy everything although we do purchase some but the community just, it's amazing how they step up and meet this need."
Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach also puts on a feast in the evening for hundreds of more people.
Both organizations say volunteers sign up months in advance to help out, some families making it their Thanksgiving tradition.
"We have a lot here to be thankful for so it's nice to be able to share that with people that are maybe in much more need than we are."
Both meals are open to anyone. The People's City Mission will serve lunch at 11:30 a.m. and Matt Talbot Kitchen will serve dinner at 5:30 p.m.