Heaps of free turkey, stuffing, and potatoes will be dished out around Toledo in the coming days as those with plenty reach out to those with very little.
Among the largest gatherings will be those at the Cherry Street Mission, where staff plopped the last of 40 turkeys into the oven yesterday for an expected crowd tomorrow of 500 or more.
This year, the downtown facility, one of Toledo's most recognizable homeless shelters, will serve the dinner family-style for the first time, rather than handing out food in line. Volunteers and staff will be on hand to play board games in front of the Detroit Lions football game.
It's all part of creating a welcoming atmosphere, Mr. Schuster said.
"We've got the turkeys, the sides, and we're ready," he said.
Meal sites include:
●Martin Luther King, Jr., Kitchen for the Poor, 650 Vance St., noon to 1:30 p.m. today.
●St. Paul's Community Center, 230 13th St., noon to 1:30 p.m. today.
●Cherry Street Mission, 105 17th St., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.
●Good Samaritan Outreach Center, 1108 Broadway, 2:30 to 4 p.m. today and 1 to 3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day; a bus will offer transportation on Thanksgiving Day from Good Samaritan to Christ the King Church in West Toledo, where a meal is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
●Warren A.M.E. Church, 915 Collingwood Blvd., 2 to 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.
●Christ the King Church, 4100 Harvest Lane, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.
●St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, 1419 North Detroit Ave., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.
●Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission, 1917 Jefferson Ave., 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, and 5 p.m. Saturday.
●Chad Boes Ministries, Navarre Park Shelter House, 1001 White St., 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday.