Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and a lot of people are excited to spend time with their families, friends, and loved ones. However, for those less fortunate than others, the holidays can be a hard time to get through. Thanks to the selflessness of volunteers, though, those in need across the city of Philadelphia will get the chance to have a hot meal this Thanksgiving.
Volunteers have started to prep for the city’s 16th Annual Great Family Gathering, which includes cleaning and prepping 250 turkeys, making 400 pounds of candied yams, baking over 1,000 dinner rolls, and preparing other traditional Thanksgiving “fixins” like green beans and stuffing. Volunteers at the Great Family Gathering are expecting to feed 5,000 people living in homeless shelters across the Philadelphia area this holiday.
Great Family Gathering coordinator Bonnie Earl told reporters, “We have people from all walks of life. Trolley Works comes, and they pick up our people from all the shelters. We have a ministry, actually, that goes in the subways to hand out flyers to the homeless. This is an event for the less fortunate.”
The 16th Annual Great Family Gathering will take place on Monday, November 19, between 4 and 7 p.m. at the First District Plaza Ballroom on Market Street in Philly.
We’d like to give a personal shout-out to all the volunteers putting together this Thanksgiving feast for the less fortunate. Thank you for all that you do for others!
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