Boise Rescue Mission provides hot meals and turkeys to those in need
It's the season of giving, and that's exactly what was happening Wednesday at the Cathedral of the Rockies. Hundreds came out to enjoy a hot Thanksgiving meal that included, turkey, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole.
"We're going to have about 500 men, women, and children coming through the line to have a great Thanksgiving Day meal," Rev. Bill Roscoe with the Boise Rescue Mission said.
This is the 14th year Roscoe and his team at the Boise Rescue Mission, along with volunteers, have provided hot meals for those homeless and hungry in our community.
"There's a lot of people coming out of that slump, financial slump. We got a lot of moms here, single moms, we've got grandmas raising their children and we have to respect that, we have to try and help those people," Roscoe said.
A hot meal isn't all guests were treated too either, each one received a free holiday-box-to-go for their Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday.
"With the people of the valley donating turkeys and other gifts, we're really blessed right now to be able to serve a lot of people," Roscoe said.
Some volunteer guests included, Boise Police Chief Bill Bones, Gov. Butch Otter and first lady Lori Otter, KTVB's Mark Johnson, and the entire Boise State football team.
This is the second year the boys in blue have come out to help spread holiday cheer.
"All these guys they chose to come to Boise State for the program, but they all chose to live here in Boise, Idaho and there's no better place to do it than to come here and help serve and to bring some smiles and excitement," Boise State head football coach Bryan Harsin said.
Providing many players, some of who are far away from home, an opportunity to celebrate with a different family.
"This is their family while they're hear with us and their families are going to have their Thanksgiving back home, We're going to do ours as a team," Harsin said.
The Albertsons Corporation also donated a check for $10,000 to the Boise Rescue Mission to help those in need in our community.