South Side Mission continues Thanksgiving community meal tradition

South Side Mission continues Thanksgiving community meal tradition
South Side Mission continues Thanksgiving community meal tradition(South Side Mission continues Thanksgiving community meal tradition)
Published: Nov. 24, 2022 at 3:13 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - It was the Southside Mission’s 51st year serving their ministry meal. Over 200 volunteers came together at the beginning of the week to start cooking for the big holiday. The meal was hosted at the South Side Mission building on Laramie St.

Over 2000 meals were prepared. Some folks sat down for their meal, and others were delivered all throughout Peoria, East Peoria, Dunlap and Morton. South Side Mission said the goal this year, like years past, was to give those who struggle on thanksgiving a place to belong.

“We do have people that don’t have a lot of family, or maybe they’ve lost family, maybe they’re just single and they want to have some fellowship at Thanksgiving time. If they’re not able to travel and they don’t have anybody, we want to fill that void and be that family for them,” South Side Mission Development Manager Rich Draeger said.

The mission said they expected larger numbers this year after numbers fell during COVID-19. Families, single people and veterans all joined together for the sit-down meal. Some said they came just to promote fellowship and connect with the community.

“I think a lot of people don’t understand the significance of being together, when you’re together and you’re thankful you set that atmosphere for miracles to happen,” Marjorie Kidd of West Peoria said.

South Side Mission said they planned to keep the doors opened and feed the community until they were out of food