Updated 11/21/2012 04:58 PM
Kingston preps to serve the needy on Thanksgiving
Local not-for-profit organizations in Kingston are busy prepping for Thanksgiving dinner. YNN’s Alexandra Weishaupt has more on the last minute frenzy to feed those in need.
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KINGSTON, N.Y. -- Preparations are underway as Thanksgiving Day arrives. Organizations in the Kingston community have all hands on deck to make sure everyone gets a hot meal this year.
At Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church, they say they’re expecting 250 people to take advantage of their offerings.
“They will be welcome to come in and sit and have a Thanksgiving meal where otherwise they probably wouldn’t be able to,” said Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church Office Manager Stephen Crawford.
Turkey, gravy, ziti and pies are just some of the items on the menu.
“We’re going to be serving family style, so they’re going to be bringing a big bowl of green beans or gravy and mashed potatoes and turkey and set it on the table and everyone helps themselves,” said Crawford.
And down the street at People’s Place, organizers have already handed out over 550 turkeys to local families. And on Wednesday, their efforts were ongoing as folks continue to drop in.
“People that come in here, they are just trying to figure out how they are going to get their next meal and when we can take a little bit of that pressure off of them it makes the rest of their day go a little easier,” said People’s Place Executive Director Christine Hein.
A total of 35 volunteers have been filling bags with all the essentials for families to take home and enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
“Every little bit counts and on Saturday this place was packed with food and now a lot of our shelves are bare,” said Hein.
And while their shelves are just about emptied, the shelves at the Methodist Church continue to fill up, and are fully stocked to serve on Thanksgiving Day. They will also be delivering meals to over 300 locals who aren’t able to attend.
Meal time begins at noon and it’s an open invitation for all in need.