City Mission provides Thanksgiving dinners to thousands of people

Posted at 12:26 PM, Nov 27, 2014
and last updated 2015-11-22 12:26:52-05

Volunteers at the Buffalo City Mission worked tirelessly to put food on the tables of 6,300 people this Thanksgiving.

They cooked, boxed and bagged the meals. They are then sent out to cars to be delivered to people across Western New York.

“This is another example of how we come together as a community,” volunteer Colleen Collins said.

Executive Director of the Buffalo City Mission Stewart Harper said the effort from the community allows them to provide for the large amount of people.

“This is our 14th year doing this. We have delivery teams made up of community members, friends church families. They will go out and deliver the food to families,” Harper said.

The City Mission is not only looking for food but monetary donations. The group organizes programs year round and many are focused on children in the community.

“We give them snacks for after school program and monthly we give them programs to get involved with the community,” Collins said.

Harper said the City Mission is a place the community can count on.

“We serve 600 meals a day, seven days a week, 360 days a year, and 40 percent goes to our community, not just residents,” Harper said.

Officials said it is not only about the holidays - they are looking for donations throughout the year to help the Western New York community. Click here to find out how you can help.