`Tis the season for extra donors
Local organizations prepare for large Thanksgiving crowd
Reporter: Corinne Hautala
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – With a greater demand and fewer donors, local non-profit groups are struggling this holiday season.
Abbie Lenhardt is living at one of the Gospel Rescue Mission Centers with her two daughters. This thanksgiving, she says she’s thankful for all the non-profit is providing for her and her family.
Her young children, she says, are excited for the Thanksgiving dinner.
“My children actually look forward to it. It's a special time,” she said.
It is families, like Lenhardt’s, that the Gospel Rescue Mission is pushing for holiday donations.
Every year it holds a Thanksgiving dinner, serving thousands of hot meals in Tucson. This year it expects record numbers.
“We’re going to prepare for 3,500,” said Scott Munro of the Gospel Rescue Mission.
The Salvation Army is also preparing for a large crowd.
“We're going to see thousands of people come in,” said Tamara McElwee of the Salvation Army. “We serve anywhere from 3,500 meals on up. We're expecting close to 4,000 meals to be served.”
The Salvation Army will also make at least 400 home deliveries.
McElwee said, thankfully, it just received a large donation of turkeys. Still, there are items it needs for Thursday.
“We are still missing some supplies, like the fresh pies, the rolls, oranges,” McElwee explained.
Munro says the Gospel Rescue Mission could use pies, as well.