Soul’s Harbour Rescue Mission has been providing people with a Thanksgiving meal out of the Dean Smith Youth Centre for over 20 years, but will soon be moving to a new location.
“This will be our last community meal at this location as our new building is opening in December so it’s a little bit sentimental in that way as well,” Deana Struble, marketing manager at Soul’s Harbour, said.
The new building on the 1600 block of Angus Street is part of their Samaritan Project, which is allowing the non-profit organization to move to a bigger building than the current one.
Between 500 and 600 people are expected to line up at the building on Dewdney Avenue for a helping of turkey, potatoes and all of the traditional fixings.
“Thanksgiving has crept up on us here pretty fast and this is our largest community meal of the year,” Struble said.
Struble said they were blessed to get so many donations this year, getting enough food for the meal earlier this week. Soul’s Harbour needed 60 turkeys and 300 pounds of potatoes along with all the fixings to make the lunch a reality.
“We love people that think ahead because we do have to start preparing the food ahead of time, when you’re preparing for 600 people you have to start cooking a little ahead.”
The Thanksgiving meal is their first one of the fall with people of all ages coming down to for the meal between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.