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Gospel Rescue Mission serves thousands of Thanksgiving dinners

Posted at 3:28 PM, Nov 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-23 19:54:33-05
For some, the most important part of Thanksgiving is enjoying dinner with their family and friends.
In Tucson, many organizations are making sure no one is left out.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Gospel Rescue Mission closed down W. 28th Street in South Tucson so people all over the city could get a warm turkey meal.
The banquet is more like a "Block Party" where many people enjoy live music, eating and the company of their peers. 
Vanessa Johnson of Tucson is one of the nearly 2,500 people who enjoyed their day at the Rescue Mission. She says these Thanksgiving meals are good especially for people like herself who have nowhere else to go. Adding, "Right now, we're on the streets trying to survive day by day and trying to do what we can for food."
More than 350 volunteers went down to South Tucson to help anyone who needed it.
Breonn Peoples has volunteered with her mother for the past nine years. She says this is what a caring community is all about. "It's something that a lot of us take for granted - being able to spend some time with our family."
Others, like Jose Morales, says every year he takes it all in, and he's grateful to be around friendly people that have become more like family. 
On top of all the food and prayers, other organizations provided flu shots and free shoes for those who wanted them.