West Cook YMCA serves up Thanksgiving meal for 70 of our ‘Friends’

West Cook YMCA  (255 S. Marion St., Oak Park , IL 60302 ) has been serving the communities of Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park and several other surrounding areas for over 115 years.

Food For Friends has a long partnership with the West Cook YMCA.  This year, Food For Friends and Lee N Eddies catering joined together as sponsors for a Thanksgiving meal that served over 70 community members a warm Thanksgiving meal that they might not have had otherwise. You can see pictures from this serving event at the West Cook YMCA on our Facebook page photo album 2018Nov22 – West Cook YMCA.

After everyone was assembled into the room, there were a few welcoming announcements and a Thanksgiving prayer.   After a few choruses of “Thank You Lord” singing, the guests were encouraged to go through the serving line,

The Thanksgiving meal included all the traditional comfort foods, including greens, vegetables, mashed potatoes, yams, macaroni and cheese, turkey with stuffing and gravy, and rolls plus an array of desserts.

With help from 23 volunteers and staff from both Food for Friends and West Cook YMCA, we partnered to provide more more than just a meal, but a warm and welcoming place for those that had nowhere to go for Thanksgiving.   The volunteers were awesome!  They all took time to interact with our guests .

Many of the community members stayed longer than their meal time enjoying the companionship and conversation around the tables.   Both community members and volunteers all left with smiles on their faces and a heart filled with warmth and joy.