Rescue Mission expecting record Thanksgiving

The Rescue Mission's cooking 150+ turkeys for Thanksgiving, relying on donations to feed what's expected to be a record crowd on Thursday.

The cooking is almost done, as the Rescue Mission gets ready for Thanksgiving. On Tuesday afternoon, the Food Services Kitchen at the Gifford Street campus was roasting one of the last of its 125+ turkeys and stuffing.

'We believe we will break the 2-thousand meal mark, just for the Thanksgiving meal alone," Rescue Mission CEO Alan Thornton told us.

Over 325 volunteers will be participating, including Cindy Welsh from Manlius, who was cutting up donated pies and putting them in individual serving containers. Others will set up the meal delivery system on Thursday morning (15 hundred are signed up already, a couple hundred more could be), then tear it down to set up the dining room to accomodate 425 to 450 sit-down diners. In addition, the Syracuse Mission will be delivering meals to at least 60 people served by its program in Auburn.

And, after Thanksgiving, they'll catch their breath and do it all over again, for Christmas.

There's always a concern for donations, and this year the Rescue Mission says it was a bit short on pies.

'Syracuse is such a giving place, especially this time of year," Food Services Supervisor Audrey Byrd told us.

At Christmas, the Rescue Mission is not the only major local help agency doing Christmas outreach. The Salvation Army's Christmas Bureau also does a toy and food giveaway, on December 23 this year. Donation appeals for turkeys are already out--they're hoping for at least 2,000. Signups for the Christmas Bureau start on Monday.