Here's your chance to be thankful a few days early.
For a decade, Ray of Hope Mission has hosted a free community Thanksgiving the weekend before the holiday. This year, the chef duties are being handled by Ray of Hope Mission founder Frank Rinaldi. Rinaldi has been plagued by health problems over the past few years. This year, he is cooking and will attend the meal. "We're grateful he's here," said Allie Schaller, who does community development for the mission.
The meal typically attracts about 200 people of all ages. Some attend as a family. Others come alone and join the group and share fellowship. "Come as you are. This is for the community to fellowship together and for all to give thanks for the blessings that we have," said Schaller.
About 20 volunteers help cook, serve the meal, and clean up. Schaller said no more staff is needed for this event.
"We are grateful we have the opportunity to do this. People have donated turkeys and pies," Schaller added.