A friend on Facebook said he was trying to volunteer at a rescue mission on Thanksgiving, but he wasn’t able to. Someone responded that at that rescue mission, volunteering positions filled up three months in advance for the holiday. I guess it’s not surprising: giving to others is a wonderful way to express thankfulness.
It would be even more difficult to volunteer to serve a meal on Thanksgiving at St. Vincent de Paul in Salt Lake City, because they don’t serve meals that day. Almost every other day of the year they serve meals, but because so many other organizations offer meals on Thanksgiving, that week is set apart for deep cleaning. At the dining hall they posted locations that would be serving on the holiday.
But most of the rest of the year, they serve lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, brunch and dinner on Saturdays, and dinner on Sundays to everyone who wants a meal. We saw men and women, elderly people and little kids.
The folks we worked with, especially Johnnie and Jeff in the kitchen, were concerned about making tasty food that people would enjoy. They joked about doing a rescue mission edition of Iron Chef.
|Before one meal's over, the next is underway|