Mission Outreach preps for Thanksgiving meal days ahead of the holiday

Mission Outreach preps for Thanksgiving meal days ahead of the holiday

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 homeless shelter started Thanksgiving meal preps days ahead of the big holiday.

"We're hard at work already," Jeremy Biggs said. "We'll be preparing for the next 48 hours."

Biggs serves as the executive director for Mission Outreach in Paragould.

Tuesday, volunteers and residents prepped all of the traditional Thanksgiving foods.

"We'll be serving over 180 lbs of turkey this year so we'll have plenty of leftovers too," Biggs said.

The non-profit organization serves a six county region in Northeast Arkansas. They plan on feeding up to 140 people Thanksgiving Day.

"Unfortunately, there are a lot of families that don't have Thanksgiving dinners at their house so they spend their evening at Mission Outreach," Biggs said.

Biggs told Region 8 News that the Thanksgiving meal wouldn't be possible without donors.

"The price of food is up across the board as everybody knows when they go to the grocery store," Biggs said. "Fortunately, our partners with Edward Jones Financial Advisors grant us money every year to cover the cost of our Thanksgiving Dinner, then they come and serve and share in fellowship as well."
Biggs said Edward Jones grants Mission Outreach $500 for their Thanksgiving meal.

"We spent $504 this morning at the grocery store," Biggs said. "It takes a lot of money and a lot of food to feed up to 140 people."

Mission Outreach was established in 1982.

If you're interested in helping out the non-profit organization, visit their website for information.

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