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Thousands of Peoria residents receive a Thanksgiving meal

Published: Nov. 25, 2021 at 7:04 PM CST
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PEORIA (WEEK) - “Anytime you could help someone that doesn’t necessarily have what you have. I count it a blessing, I count it grateful,” Executive Director Rev. Craig Williams said.

Volunteers at The South Side Mission prepared thousands of thanksgiving meals, to deliver and share with the community.

This was their 50th year. The goal? Making sure those who didn’t have a place to get a Thanksgiving meal still got to eat.

“They were just so grateful and thankful that somebody thought about them enough to come when they couldn’t get out,” Williams said.

Families signed up for the food delivery throughout the year.

To feed thousands, The South Side Mission relied on volunteers. Together, they made pounds and pounds of food, turkey, dressing, yams, greens, and mashed potatoes.

A giant refrigerator truck was where all the food was held and stored until it was able to be given to the community.

After the deliveries were done, the giving didn’t end.

South Side Mission opened up a dining space and invited hundreds to sit down for a more family style experience.

“You do see a lot of the familiar faces over the years, a lot of the same volunteers, a lot of the same guests that are coming here to receive the meals,” Volunteer Miles Bachler said.

Bachler said the events were needed in his community and he was happy to be able to give back.

“Because I live locally it’s good to see them give back to this part of town where it’s needed. It’s good to know that we have this in this part of our community where it is needed, in this part of our community to give back.”

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