Bethesda Mission feeds poor, homeless on Thanksgiving

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Nov 28, 2013 3:00 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Thanksgiving is about spending time with family, and at the Bethesda Mission in Harrisburg, the goal is to broaden its family to include anyone who's alone or unable to enjoy a holiday meal.

Executive Director Chuck Wingate says the mission expects to serve about 300 dinners this afternoon.

"It's a festive time. It's set up in the chapel so that the people who are coming in really feel like it's a special day," he says.

The food has all been donated and more than 50 volunteers will provide the labor, from cooking to clean-up.

"One of the highlights for me is just the look in the eyes and in the faces of the folks who come in for dinner," Wingate adds, "and I feel, when I'm there and I see that, that I'm sitting with my family."

He says the Bethesda Mission serves about two thousand pounds of food every week, all year round.

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