The rescue mission projected to serve about 2,000 meals and distribute about 1,700 food boxes at the banquets.
"We really want to reach out to people who are really hurting this time of year. who might be all alone. and provide for them the basic physical need for food", said Lexington Rescue Mission Development Director Laura Carr.
At one homeless shelter kitchen in Bryan, the calendar year revolves around Thanksgiving.
Organizers said they were prepared to serve more than 300 meals. "At the last minute, we get turkeys dropped off left and right". Volunteers will meet at Duncan before sunrise on Thanksgiving morning and begin delivering around 1,000 meals in the Brazos Valley around 11 a.m.
"That's the real key with the open invite here is, you know, making everybody feel welcome and loved and let them know they are cared about", she said.
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Turkeys used at the meal were donated from Springs Rescue Mission's recent turkey drive.
"It means everything because people, we have a big disconnect going, we need people to socialize", said Donovan.
This year the Mission is preparing to serve more guests than ever before by adding more tables and chairs for families to attend.
"When I needed something they were here". I said, 'No, I don't want to go home.' Because I didn't want to go home. For some, it's their only chance at getting a hot holiday meal this Thanksgiving.