Good News Rescue Mission feeds nearly 600 people for their Thanksgiving banquet

Thanksgiving is often a tricky holiday. It can be a sad holiday for many of our guests because they are separated from family or don’t have a family anymore.

Posted: Nov 24, 2021 7:12 PM

REDDING, Calif.-The Good News Rescue Mission is had its annual Thanksgiving banquet for anyone who needed an early Thanksgiving meal.

Director of Development at Good News Rescue Mission Justin Wandro says this Thanksgiving banquet isn't just for Shasta County's unhoused; it's open to anyone looking for a good meal and some good company.

Wandro says the Good News Rescue Mission expects to serve about 600 people for lunch and dinner.

"Thanksgiving is often a tough holiday. It can be a sad holiday for many of our guests because they are separated from family or don't have a family anymore. Often, it's a time that they remember things that were and aren't anymore, and it's an opportunity for us to be family for them and give them a sense of home," Wandro said.

Meanwhile, Wandro says because of Covid-19 protocols, the banquet is taking place in the dining hall, but only 100 people can be in the dining room at a time, and volunteers will be serving guests with all their needs.

Wandro tells Action News Now the mission will still be serving turkey leftovers on Thanksgiving Day at the Good News Rescue Mission dining room at 12 pm and 5 pm.

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