Galesburg Rescue Mission celebrates Thanksgiving

rescue mission logoFor many, Thanksgiving is a holiday about togetherness. Family and friends gather to enjoy each other’s company and a home cooked feast.

But it doesn’t always end up that way.

For anyone who is hungry, in need or would otherwise be alone this Thanksgiving Day, the Galesburg Rescue Mission and Women’s Shelter is offering a home cooked meal to the community.

From noon to 1 p.m. today, the public is welcome to enjoy a free dinner at 435 E. Third St.

Rescue Mission Director Dave Scholl tells WGIL what people can expect.

“We have the traditional Thanksgiving feast of turkey and dressing and mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and we’ll have corn and green beans and we’ll have ham and cranberries and all of that for a Thanksgiving feast.”

He adds that the banquet has been held for about 30 decades and has seen an increase in attendees in recent years.

Scholl asks those who plan to attend to call 343-4151 to let volunteers know how many meals to prepare.

And for those cooking at home, the Knox County Health Department has issued a statement to promote safe preparation of meals.

The KCHD advises people to thoroughly wash anything that comes in contact with uncooked meat, including hands and utensils.

To check the temperature of a turkey, insert a meat thermometer into the center of the thickest part of the bird to make sure it is at least 165 degrees.

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