Omaha’s Open Door Mission helping families with Thanksgiving dinner


OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Thanksgiving is lower than per week away, however some households need assistance affording meals for the vacation — Greater than ever with the pandemic being right here.

The Open Door Mission provides out a lending hand to assist in giving a Thanksgiving to 1000’s of individuals.

However Thanksgiving could be a powerful time for others as lower-income households battle to afford a Thanksgiving dinner. It’s much more essential throughout a pandemic.

The Mission is holding an occasion Saturday to assist with that.

“We’ve obtained feed the multitudes! In partnership with Bellevue Christian Church (Saturday),” mentioned Amy Harvey, chief neighborhood relations officer with the Mission.

It’s a drive-through occasion the place folks can go and choose up their meals on the Mission.

“For Feed the Multitudes, we obtained over 200 volunteers (Saturday) in shifts, socially-distanced at hand out stuff and simply pack to-go containers of meals to ship out to folks in want,” Harvey defined.

The variety of households receiving meals is not going to be an issue.

“We wish to do at the very least 5,000, we’re ready for 10,000. So if we get 10,000 folks we will get it out the door,” Harvey mentioned.

That massive turnaround is due to the volunteers within the kitchen.

“We’ve been working all week making an attempt to prep the meals — mashed potatoes, the gravy, the stuffing,” mentioned Mike Kowalczyk, a volunteer.

However Kowalczyk says the exhausting work is rewarding.

“It’s positively value it. This kitchen employees is completely unbelievable. Not solely did they supply the meals however I feel the love that they present to the patrons right here comes via with the serving right here. It’s extra than simply the meals,” he mentioned.

The occasion will begin at 11:30 a.m. and finish at 2:30 p.m. on the Open Door Mission’s Administration constructing: 2828 N 23rd St. East, Omaha, NE, 68110.

For every other upcoming occasions or volunteer data, you may go to the Open Door Mission’s website.

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