NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Two hundred volunteers spent Thanksgiving morning preparing meals and packing them in bags.
“We’re just bagging up the turkeys, the pies, the silverware, the cranberry sauce. I’ve been doing it for 3 or 4 years and I love to volunteer I give back to the community and it makes me feel good,” said Joan Lee, volunteer.
Like Joan, several volunteers at the First Assembly of God Church share the same holiday cheer.
“It’s important on Thanksgiving to give your time to other people and show that you care,” said Cora Harding, volunteer.
It’s the 6th time the Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission has hosted ‘Feed the Falls.’
“People call so we pass out flyers throughout town to different apartment complexes and buildings and so people are able to call in if they need a meal,” said Alicia Bellingham, Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission Ministry assistant.
More than 1,500 Thanksgiving meals are delivered to those less fortunate in Niagara Falls and surrounding Niagara County communities. Families are greeted with a free meal and words of grace through prayer,
“I mean it means to me that there’s still good people out there that are willing to just knock on your door and give you a free meal,” said Willie Harris of Niagara Falls.
The meals are made possible through a budget set aside by the mission, and hundreds of volunteers who donate turkeys and pies. Small gestures, that make a big difference for a community with high rates of poverty.
“Giving thanks for what I have gotten and giving back to people who don’t have as much as I’ve got,” said Lee.
“I’m thankful to be able to be one of those people who are thought about today on Thanksgiving,” said Harris.
Another ‘Feed the Falls’ event is taking place on Christmas. The Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission also serves 3 meals a day for free at 1023 Ferry Avenue in Niagara Falls.