WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Warren Family Mission served up more than 2,200 Thanksgiving meals with all the fixings for people in need on Wednesday.
Volunteers packed up 5,500 pounds of turkey and over 80 gallons of vegetables.
It was all part of the Mission’s 23rd annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner.
Meals were served to-go again this year because of the pandemic — 732 were served at the mission.
Volunteers also delivered 1,500 meals for people who couldn’t get to the mission to pick them up.
In total, 2,232 meals were served.
Organizers say hundreds of people, including those who donated and the volunteers who helped pre-package the dinners, made the event a success.
“To see the smiles and to hear the kids’ voices truly makes all the work worth it. It takes, you know, weeks and a lot of planning and preparing but moments like this, just looking out and seeing the faces, make the work worth it,” said Dominic Mararri, with the Warren Family Mission.
Mararri says the Warren Family Mission is already planning to hold their annual Christmas Community Dinner in person.