By: Jenn Schanz
There's a lot to be thankful for at the People's City Mission.
Aside from hundreds of pounds of turkey, delicious sides, and mouth watering desserts, for those being served, Thanksgiving at the Mission is all about community.
"There's an abundant amount of people that come in and help, that just have love for everybody that they don't even know. And I think it's just awesome how people come together," says Amber Hanson, who lives at the Mission with her daughters.
Each year, the Mission prepares a full Thanksgiving feast for 300 people.
This year, they cooked more than 50 turkeys.
Veteran volunteer Sheila Hubbard has been giving her time here for almost 20 years.
She brings her entire family, and says she'd never miss a Thanksgiving at the Mission.
"They're wonderful people, I love everybody I meet each year; the volunteers I meet each year, and sometimes I have wonderful people from my community that will call and say they want to come and I'll say 'great I need ya!' And so we're excited every year to get here," she says.
All of the food was donated from local families and businesses. City mission staff say that kind of outreach is what makes the day so special.
Gov. Heineman and the first lady also stopped by to serve.
The Governor has been coming to the Mission on Thanksgiving for nine years, and says it's a reminder for everyone, to give back.
"All of us should take the opportunity at one time or another; Thanksgiving, Christmas, whenever it may be, and give back to your community and to tell you the truth, it's a lot of fun."