We're just days away from the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, but Saturday begins a season of serving and giving for Omaha's Open Door Mission. Drumstick on Wheels is the start of a busy time of year.
“You gotta get more boxes put up.” Boxes and boxes fill the Open Door Mission warehouse, ready to be delivered Saturday morning. “We have had a 37 percent increase in the people that we serve,” says volunteer coordinator Cris Morris.
Part of the increase is hundreds of families who signed up for the Drumstick on Wheels program. Each delivery will include an entire box of Thanksgiving fixings, including their very own turkey. New this year is an entire case of water for families in need.
“That they are able to have a meal because in some cases that’s all they're going to have is that turkey and that box of food that we've prepared.” Thankfully, they have enough volunteers signed up to deliver the boxes, but that doesn't mean there isn't a need for more.
“Today, I think, we had more people at lunch then what we've had other times, but it varies,” says volunteer Kay Menning, who was joined by several members of Westwood Church volunteering in the kitchen on Friday. “When I leave here I always feel really good about what I've done.”
She leaves as staff members prepare for their next meal. “Tonight, they're going to have fish.” Knowing next week's Thanksgiving meals are right around the corner.
The need for volunteers continues as they begin work for Project Santa, but it all starts Saturday when box by box, volunteers bring the gift of Thanksgiving home. “We want them to be able to stay in their home and giving them that box of food is encouragement then to be able to do that.”
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