A young volunteer helps transfer a meal in the Men’s Center dining hall on Thanksgiving

Hundreds of volunteers gathered on the main campus of the Jimmie Hale Mission this morning to devote part of their day to making someone else’s a little brighter.

Serving began at 6 a.m. with the first group of workers preparing breakfast plates for the clients at the Shepura Men’s Center.


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Tony Cooper talks with the media during the morning food prep

The second wave of volunteers made their way into the dining hall just before 8 a.m. and were tasked with assembling Thanksgiving lunches for nearly 400 seniors and shut-ins in the Birmingham metro area. Turkey, dressing, green beans, yams, cranberry sauce, rolls and pie were joyfully packed into nearly a hundred Mission tote bags awaiting delivery.

By 9:45 a.m. the chapel was overflowing with yet another surge of helping hearts focused on ensuring the meals made it to their destinations in the community. More than 300 people representing over 80 families lined up to deliver the hot and hearty lunches.

A volunteer slides a tray of pie slices into the delivery cart

Still more servants arrived in time to prepare and serve Thanksgiving lunch to the clients at the Center. Among them was newly-crowned Miss UAB, Lillie Ann Dawson. A final group of volunteers will serve Thanksgiving dinner at the Center at 5 p.m. this evening.

Miss UAB Lillie Ann Dawson serves desert to the clients during Thanksgiving lunch

The Mission would like to thank the hundreds of individuals who lovingly sacrificed part of their holiday to help those less fortunate in our city, and the countless thousands who donated meals to the clients at the Men’s Center, Jessie’s Place, Royal Pines and hundreds of others throughout the city. You truly made this a Thanksgiving to remember.

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