The always-growing Nashville Rescue Mission expects to serve over 5,000 meals this Thanksgiving to its tenants and friends. Each and every one of the homeless or needy people who walk into the Mission on November 25th this year will be greeted, seated, and served by one of over two hundred volunteers who come to the mission to serve on Thanksgiving night. The banquet brings in many of Nashville’s homeless men, women, and children who may not have been to the Rescue Mission before. This gives Mission workers a chance to explain the many services provided here and hopefully help a whole new group of homeless people not previously exposed to the Mission.
Country music star Tracy Lawrence has taken this tradition of service to Nashville’s homeless community and turned it into an outdoor party with his Mission Possible Turkey Fry. 2010 marks the fifth year of this singer’s deep-fry extravaganza, which raised more than $10,000 for the Mission and collected over 600 turkeys last year. He always brings a few of his famous friends to the cookout, such as the Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders, Darryl Worley, and Brad Arnold of Three Doors Down. Special guests have not yet been announced for this year, but chances are he won’t disappoint. This year’s Turkey Fry will be the Tuesday before Thanksgiving (November 23rd) from 8 am to 5 pm, where anyone can come to purchase a fried turkey leg for $5 (all proceeds go to the Mission), or help fry, prep, and wrap the meats to be consumed at the Mission on Thanksgiving Day.
The overwhelming Nashville Rescue Mission Thanksgiving Banquet grocery list consists of 9,000 pounds of turkey, 5,000 dinner rolls, 1,000 pounds of potatoes, 100 gallons of gravy, 600 pounds of dressing, and 800 pounds of green beans, among other things. These numbers may seem daunting to someone wanting to donate to this special cause, but on average each meal costs only $1.92, so just a $10 donation could feed five people who otherwise might not be able to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.
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