October 09, 2014

We Couldn’t Do It Without You

In just a few short days, The Ottawa Mission kitchen will be dishing out some delicious roast turkey – and all the Thanksgiving fixings – as part of our Annual Thanksgiving Dinner.
In fact, take a look at the menu our Chef Ric Watson put together a couple of weeks ago:

2300 lbs Oven Roast Turkey
15 Pans Savory Stuffing
600 lbs Baked Ham
400 lbs Mashed Potatoes
400 lbs Glazed Baby Carrots
400 lbs Green Beans Almandine
225 Assorted Pies
200 dozen Dinner Rolls
50 gallons Giblet Gravy

As you can imagine, preparing a menu of that size takes a lot of extra food and extra work – on top of the effort that’s involved in serving an average of 1295 meals to people in need every day of the year.

The Ottawa Mission simply couldn’t do it without support from so many caring people.

Over the past few days, dozens of volunteers have come into our kitchen to help with preparations and dozens of people have dropped off donations of frozen turkeys. Just yesterday, we had $1000 worth of turkeys donated by the Canadian Community Support Foundation, shown in the picture here. Incredible!

The donations of both turkey and time will ensure hundreds of people have a chance to come together for a special Thanksgiving Dinner at a time when they need our help. Along with people staying in shelters right now, we often see young families attend these holiday events, who are struggling to make ends meet – or seniors who live alone and aren’t able to make a special turkey dinner for themselves.

Monday’s special Thanksgiving Dinner at The Ottawa Mission will run from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  When it’s over, you can rest assured many will have given thanks for your support.