It was a cold rainy damp evening Wednesday November 23, 2016 in Chicago Illinois, but the typical Thanksgiving weather did not prevent the 100 Food For Friends volunteers from serving a warm, delicious fully trimmed Thanksgiving Dinner to well over 600 of our “Friends” at the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago.
Hundreds of homeless and under-resourced men, women and children were fed a hot Thanking meal of Turkey, dressing, stuffing, gravy, mixed veggies, sweet potatoes prepared with love from Dan Veles from Lee and Eddy’s Catering. The hard working Food For Friends volunteers cut up and served over 120 pies donated by Bakers Square including apple, blueberry, peach, cherry and of course pumpkin. Ice Cream was donated and served by Culvers restaurants out of Franklin Park. Coffee, juice and water were also served to all the guests. We owe so many thanks to our partners for these donations of food and services.
The guests were all very thankful! They were smiling as they entered the room and many could be heard saying Happy Thanksgiving to our volunteers who were greeting them as they arrived. Throughout the serving event there were spontaneous laughter and clapping from the guests as they enjoyed their meals. As they left, there were more smiles and “Happy Thanksgivings” by all. Many of them could be heard commenting on how great the food and volunteers were.
We were very honored to continue the Food For Friends tradition of 22 years serving Thanksgiving Eve meal in Chicago to this group at the Pacific Garden Mission. “This meal on Thanksgiving Eve was the foundation and roots of our serving efforts for the homeless and began in 1994. We are honored and blessed to be able to Pay it Forward to and give back through service and time to this community of people”, said Dan Herzog, President of Food For Friends stated.
Food For Friends wishes to thank all the supporting groups and people for donation time and resources to make serving events like this one. And a special thanks to all those who served with us at Pacific Garden Mission or our other holiday serving events. We trust you left the serving event with a warm feeling inside you, knowing that you had an impact on the lives of others.
To access all the pictures from this event, head over to our picture album on Facebook.