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Volunteers Offer Thanksgiving Meals

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MEDFORD, Ore. – Local volunteers are waiting tables as they serve up a restaurant style Thanksgiving dinner. It’s a day volunteers across the Rogue Valley have been preparing for weeks.

Hundreds of people have already had their Thanksgiving meals at the Medford Gospel Mission on west Jackson. They’re here to escape the cold weather, enjoy a hot meal, and spend the holiday with people who care.

The Medford Gospel Mission can easily serve 400 guests on Thursday night. Volunteers serve each guest a plate of turkey, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans, pumpkin pie and a cup of coffee, but volunteers hope they get more than just good food for the holiday. Even though these folks at the mission aren’t family, organizers say they’re thankful for the service, the food, and for the company.

Cafe Dejeuner also served a free Thanksgiving meal in Medford. The Gospel Mission in Grants Pass held a free Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings at Wagner Hall and a similar Thanksgiving meal was served at the First Presbyterian Church in Phoenix.

All the food cooked was donated by local businesses. Organizers at the Medford Gospel Mission say had the community not stepped up, they wouldn’t have been able to cook this meal.