WXXI Local Stories
Mon November 23, 2009
Open Door Mission Prepares for Thanksgiving
By Carlet Cleare
Rochester, NY – The Open Door Mission is gearing up to feed the poor community for its annual Thanksgiving dinner.
Christopher Scribani is the spokesperson for the Open Door Mission in Rochester.
He says he's assessing their food supply.
"This morning we looked at some things we still needed," Scribani says. "We still needed some eggs, some butter, we still needed some pies we still needed some vegetables, celery, carrots. We just did an e-blast to all of our donors. We've got a list of over 3,000 people who wanted to know what we need when we need it. So we let them know."
Scribani says so far donor responses have been good. He says he expects the Mission will have everything it needs by Monday or Tuesday.
Scribani says the organization started preparing for Thursday's Thanksgiving dinner a week ago, by cooking and slicing up donated turkeys.
Scribani says the organization has more than enough volunteers this season. He says they've had to turn away some people until next year.
Open Door Mission anticipates serving roughly 400 people at the Open Door Mission site on Main Street, seating 150 people at a time.
This is the Mission's 58th year dishing up turkey meals to the community.
Dinner is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.