Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – While most Central New Yorkers are spending Thanksgiving in their homes or in the homes of loved ones, hundreds of others made the most of the occasion by going to the Rescue Mission in Syracuse.
Volunteers at the Rescue Mission cooked, served, and delivered meals to about 2,000 Central New Yorkers on Thanksgiving Day.
Volunteers arrived at the facility as early as 5 a.m. to prepare 450 pounds of turkey, stuffing, and potatoes.
Workers and volunteers say they’ve seen a surge in need not just during Thanksgiving, but over the course of the year.
“Everyday we serve 700 meals to this community and that’s over 100 meals more a day than it was this time last year,” said Rescue Mission CEO Alan Thornton. “So we’re anticipating this could be a record-breaking number for us, serving close to 2,000 meals or more for Thanksgiving."
The Rescue Mission’s next major fundraiser will be Movie with a Mission
on Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. when NewsChannel 9 will air classic holiday episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show, Beverly Hillbillies, The Brady Bunch, and That Girl.
More information on the Rescue Mission, including how to donate, can be obtained by visiting the organization's website