With Thanksgiving just a few days away, the Utica rescue mission is giving back to the community. The mission is holding thanksgiving dinner this year, providing a hot meal for those in need. For Utica native Rick Heath, the help is greatly appreciated.
“I don't really have any family to come home to this Thanksgiving but I am staying here for the holidays and getting involved with other people that are in the same situation. It's least I can do because of what they've done for me,” Heath says.
Heath says that having thanksgiving at the mission helps raise his spirits.
“Even just a meal so that they're involved with something. It's also good for them because it helps them feel good about themselves instead of just sitting at home and feeling down, he says.
The Rescue Mission expects to help up to 1300 people this Thanksgiving.
St. Elizabeth's Medical Center is also giving out thanksgiving baskets to those in
need, and plans to feed over 135 families this year.
“As you know in this community it’s a tight knit community so every year at this time everybody steps up,” Jim Getter says.
Wherever you look, the Mohawk Valley is helping out those in need this holiday season.
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