Story by Katie Duer
Gratitude is an emotion that allows individuals to express appreciation for what they have. Thanksgiving is the time of year when people reflect on what they have to be grateful for and gather with family and loved ones.
However, for those who are less fortunate, the holidays can be sometimes be less than joyous. They can be lonely and depressing.
Fortunately, for those struggling this holiday season, there are local resources to reach out to for a warm dinner and a human connection.
The City Rescue Mission, located in downtown Oklahoma City, offers a Thanksgiving meal for the homeless and nearly homeless.
“Many that we serve have damaged relationships and the holidays can isolate people that may already be wrestling with feeling alone,” said Adam Jones, Vice President of the City Rescue Mission. “Approximately 1,000 meals- breakfast and lunch combined- are served.”
The City Rescue Mission and Jones offer a sense of hopefulness to those they serve.
“I’m inspired by so many here, because overcoming bad circumstances in your life can be overwhelming most of the time and seem impossible to get through and yet so many find the strength in themselves and through their relationship with Jesus to overcome,” Jones said. “The City Rescue Mission receives more help during the holidays because many are acutely aware of the human condition, which is to connect. To be seen. To be heard.”
While volunteerism increases during the holiday season, it is important to remember this is not a holiday issue for those in need.
“I’ve realized we are all the same, human beings longing for connection and purpose,” Jones said.” We’re not always in control of what happens to us, but we are in control of how we respond … There is always room for the community to connect with CRM and help end poverty. They can do this through volunteering or participating in a drive with family/friends/coworkers and donate clothing, food or toys.”
In addition to the City Rescue Mission, Eastside Church of Christ of Midwest City, University of Central Oklahoma Nigh Center in Edmond, Jesus House and Salvation Army in Oklahoma City are all serving Thanksgiving meals.
The Bethany Library will host a Free Apple Pie Time where kids age 9 and up can practice following directions and putting together a delicious apple pie to take home and bake.
If you are interested in volunteering at the City Rescue Mission for the holidays, click the button below, for more information.