Mission provides food, positive outlook on Thanksgiving

By Eric Flack - bio | email

Louisville, KY (WAVE) - If you were up early Thanksgiving morning cooking your holiday feast, you weren't alone.

Volunteers at Wayside Christian Mission were serving holiday meals to the homeless starting at 6:00 AM. And the mood was upbeat, even for those down on their luck.

"Its like we're all family anyway's, so it's ok," said Tocheyona Jones, who was eating Thanksgiving breakfast at the mission with her four young kids.

The family has been staying at Wayside for a year and this is their second Thanksgiving here. Tocheyona also hopes its their last.

"I don't want to be here forever," she said.

No one knows what it is to be homeless on Thanksgiving better than Wayside choir director Virginia Taylor.

"I've been here at Wayside for around about 11 years," Virginia said. She came to the shelter after she ended up drug addicted and on the streets, but turned her life around with the shelters help.

"It's not a good feeling," Virginia said of being on the streets, "because you feel that no one cares. And to be able to come here today and feel the love (shows) there are people that cares."

In fact, dozens of volunteers showed up first thing Thanksgiving morning to serve meals to the homeless. There was a traditional breakfast of eggs, sausage and pancakes to start, with turkey and dressing to come later in the day.

Brian and Kelly Cowley brought their 5 year old son Harrison with them to help serve.

"We told him that a lot of people aren't fortunate enough to have what we have," Brian said, "and we're supposed to help out and help the people that don't have what we have."

Kentucky Harvest provided much of the food served at Wayside on Thanksgiving. The mission expects to serve meals to around 1500 people thought the day.

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