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Buffalo City Mission prepares for Thanksgiving

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Though a stretch of warmer weather this week may make thinking about the upcoming holidays a stretch, the Buffalo City Mission is asking the community to help bring Thanksgiving to those in need, both in local shelters and at home.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Most people probably aren't stocking up on cranberries, stuffing and turkey for their Thanksgiving meal just yet, but the Buffalo City Mission is already stocking its shelves, to make sure no one has to go hungry this holiday.
Representatives say since the economic downturn in 2008, more and more people have required their services year-round.

"About 64.9 percent of homeless families are experiencing homelessness for the very first time here in Western New York alone. So it's a huge hike," said Aubrey Calhoun from the City Mission.

Calhoun says the City Mission is set with the trimmings for this Thanksgiving, but they need help with the most important part.

They're hoping to collect 2,000 frozen turkeys this holiday season. They had about 150 donations toward the end of last week, and their deadline is November 19.

Calhoun said, "I'm not too worried yet that we won't meet our goal because of the wonderful community that we have and their compassionate hearts of making sure that we hit that mark."

With all that's required to prepare and deliver meals, Calhoun says the greatest need this Thanksgiving is volunteers.

She says they usually have about 250 volunteers come that morning to get things ready and then about 160 delivery teams.

"We need individuals or families that want to come in the morning, take about four to five meals out to the community and deliver it. It's a wonderful way where volunteers can actually just spend just an hour or two of their time in the morning and still be able to get home and prepare their own Thanksgiving meal for their family," said Calhoun.

People can drop off turkeys at the Buffalo City Mission Men’s Community Center located at 100 East Tupper Street between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays between now and November 19.

For more information on how you can help or volunteer visit the Buffalo City Mission's web site

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