Mission gears up for huge Thanksgiving dinner

SPOKANE, Wash. - For the eighth straight year, anyone who is homeless, hungry or alone for Thanksgiving can sit down to a free turkey feast with all the trimmings at the Spokane Convention Center.

Union Gospel Mission’s City-Wide Thanksgiving Dinner will be served to any and all who need it Wednesday, November 22, at 3:30 p.m.

“On a holiday that’s all about gratitude, we’re very thankful to Larry H. Miller Dealerships for underwriting the City-Wide Thanksgiving Dinner for the fourth year in a row,” said Phil Altmeyer, executive director of UGM. “They share our heart for this event, which is about showing people who feel down-and-out that they are valuable. Serving a special meal tells people that in a way words can’t express.”

Homelessness and hunger are daily struggles for hundreds of individuals and families in the Inland Northwest: UGM serves more than 900 meals every day to shelter residents and the public, and expects to serve more than 1,000 guests at this meal alone.

The Mission said it is committed to celebrating the dignity and value of each person by serving an exceptional holiday meal in a beautiful setting. Dozens of volunteers will set up, decorate, cook, and wait on tables. 

And to extend the warmth of the holiday to the rest of the season, dinner guests will receive new winter hats, gloves, socks and other items as gifts from generous community donors.