Thanksgiving meal at the People’s City Mission

Posted By: Jenn Schanz 

Dozens of volunteers and hundreds of Lincoln’s less fortunate gathered at the People’s City Mission on Thanksgiving for a free home-cooked turkey dinner.

It’s the 100th year in a row the Mission has hosted the dinner.

Most of the food they prepare is donated, and throughout the day, they feed more than 500 people.

Richard Dawes is one of them; he was joined by his wife and kids, something he says he’s most thankful for.

“Last year at this time, I wasn’t with my family for Thanksgiving. So it means the world to me to have my whole family here and stuff, you know,” Dawes said.

The mission wasn’t short of helping hands, even Gov. Dave Heineman stopped by to serve food.

Rodger Prachaeil volunteered for the first time year.

“I’m stirring the gravy, making gravy right now. We started out peeling potatoes and doing the cranberry sauce. It’s just fun,” Prachaeil said. 

Prior to the big meal, the Mission gave out more than 500 food baskets to families in Lincoln to help make the holidays a little brighter.

Prachaeli says getting a chance to lend a hand and work alongside other volunteers is a good reminder of what Thanksgiving is all about.

“It makes me feel good. Kind of a warm fuzzy,” he said. 

During the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, nearly 1,000 turkeys were donated to the Mission.