"It's a little eye bit eye-opening to see that not everyone can afford a proper Thanksgiving meal,” said Kyle Gorman, the director of development for the Evansville Rescue Mission.
With the colder months making it even harder on families already struggling during the pandemic, the Evansville Rescue Mission is making sure they have than enough for a Thanksgiving meal, passing out 1,500 boxes weighing seventy pounds a piece during their 99th annual Gobbler Gathering Tuesday, Nov. 24th -- that’s over 18,00 meals.
"Now as things cool off in there, you know they talk about maybe having more cases, especially in our area,” Kyle Gorman said. “We're seeing those numbers on the rise again, so we're wanting to do everything we can to make sure everyone has a proper Thanksgiving meal."
And in a normal year, the Old National Events Plaza is bustling with thousands of families enjoying their Thanksgiving meal, but the Evansville Rescue Mission had to change their potluck into a drive thru to make sure that 105,000 lbs of food got safely packed into families' cars.
"Like so many other people -- it was a new page for us -- it was a learning curve and we wanted to make sure that we could still do it to the best of our ability," Kyle Gorman said.
And even with the downsizing and social distancing -- the goal of giving back is staying strong.
"These are uncertain times and that's exactly what people need right now,” said Josh Nichols, the senior vice president of the Evansville Rescue Mission. “They need hope and they need the reassurance that we're going to get through this and we're going to get through this together. It's more than just food. It's about coming together as a community and helping to serve those 1,500 families in the tri-state who are going to need it the most this Thanksgiving."
Anyone who wants to donate can text Gobbler to 313131.