Thousands Turnout for Thanksgiving Boxes
Open Door Mission sees more people coming for help
(Omaha, NE) Generosity was dished out to thousands in Omaha Saturday. An early thanksgiving dinner was waiting for folks after they singed up for a Turkey and Fixn's Box, a program giving a free holiday dinner for those who need a boost. Candace Gregory with the Open Door Mission says, "This is survival for many of our families. 82-percent of them are working, they're just not earning a livable wage." The line formed four hours before the doors opened. The mission says it's seen a 36-percent increase in the amount of people needing help.
Debra Collins and her four year old grandson know things would be different if it weren't for this program. Collins says, "Things happened. The economy changed. People have less money than they normally have (It's tough?) Yeah.
Collins isn't alone. The Open Door Mission was prepping to feed 10,000 people Saturday and is prepping to send out a thanksgiving box to 5,000 families. Gregory says, "Five-thousand families is about 20-25,000 individuals that will be sitting down to eat Thanksgiving just like you and I so it's a great empowerment program."