Serving Of Meals Only Small Part Of Rescue Mission Thanksgiving

By Jeff Neumeyer

November 28, 2013 Updated Nov 28, 2013 at 6:38 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21ALIVE) --- Coming to grips with the fact Thanksgiving is so much more than a good meal.

At the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission Thursday, there were more than 3,000 plates full of turkey, potatoes and dressing served to anyone who walked in.

But that only tells part of the story.

Indeed, it’s probably not the important part of the story.

We caught up with one man who sat down in the dining hall to eat, looking to the mission for help with a whole lot of issues on his plate.

" The food is great, but it's the not being lonely that's even better. I've got friends, I've got brothers here," said Davin Cromie, who is familiar with the mission menu because he lives there.

He's in a drug rehab program, though he came to the outreach center for a different reason.

" God brought me down here with a broken foot to give me a chance, to give them a chance to get the monkey off my back," Cromie said.

The Fort Wayne Rescue Mission has a long history of helping people get up and get off the scrap heap of life.

A major focus is feeding the hungry, a task taken very seriously on Thanksgiving.

But Cromie says the value of the meals must be kept in perspective.

" I'll be hungry again tomorrow, I mean, food is temporary, but fellowship, knowing that God loves me, that's priceless, you can't put a price on that."

It may be true that Thanksgiving is more than a meal, but food is still one of the great joys of the holiday.

It’s hard to imagine a venue that knows the value of a full stomach better than the rescue mission.

Staff at the mission accept cash donations and go out and buy between 275 and 300 turkeys to cook up for the sit down and carry out holiday meals they prepare.

They stockpile a thousand pounds of mashed potatoes and dressing, and load up on gravy, green beans, rolls, juice and coffee.

It's a major undertaking.

But they get a lot of rehearsal time leading up to Thanksgiving.

The rescue mission serves meals to the homeless and others 365 days a year.

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