Hundreds thankful for Gospel Mission
Oct 14, 2013 / 2:16 pm
Almost 800 Thanksgiving meals were handed out at the Kelowna Gospel Mission on Monday, and Executive Director Randy Benson couldn’t be more thankful.
“It’s a great day to honour our guests with a traditional Thanksgiving meal,” he said.
“A lot of us who are blessed take these things for granted, but there are many in our town, whether they’re housed or homeless, that just don’t have the means to prepare this kind of meal.”
50 volunteers, as well as members of City Council and some local MLA’s prepared and served 54 turkeys, 18 hams, 500 pounds of potatoes, 60 litres of gravy and hundreds of pieces of pumpkin pie between noon and 5 p.m.
To qualify for the meal, all you have to do is show up at the door.
80 year-old Fred Missal has been volunteering at the Mission two or three times a week for the last 15 years. He says that it helps keep him busy and leaves him feeling like he lives in a community that cares. He spent most of Sunday dishing out turkey.
“As a Christian you are responsible to help others,” he said. “And it feels good. You feel useful, even at my age.”
“There are a couple of reasons why I do this,” said Kelowna City Councillor Colin Basran. “It’s important to give back to your community but it’s also a good reminder of just how many people we have in our community who are in need. Hopefully I’m able to make decisions that will help lower the number of people who rely on services like this in the future.”
Bob has lived on the streets in Kelowna ever since he moved here from Calgary three weeks ago. He says that he has never seen such a well-run Thanksgiving meal at a mission before.
“There’s a real sense of community here,” he said of Kelowna. “It makes me feel like people actually care and I want to say thank you to all the people who put this on and happy Thanksgiving to everyone.”
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