VIDEO: Richmond nonprofit hands out hundreds of Thanksgiving meals

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A woman smiles as she prepares to receive a donated Thanksgiving dinner at the Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018.

Hundreds of people lined up Tuesday morning in front of the Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond’s Iron Triangle neighborhood to receive all the fixings for a Thanksgiving feast.

It’s part of an annual charity event that aims to ensure local low-income families can enjoy a proper meal during this week of gratitude.

“These are people that make the decision, ‘Do we pay the rent, do we buy medicine, or do we buy food,” said John Anderson, president and CEO of the Bay Area Rescue Mission.

Each “Box of Hope” contained a turkey, all the fixings, the vegetables, the breads, the pies. It’s “everything a family needs to provide 20 plates of food on Thanksgiving,” Anderson said.

The plan was to provide 750 Boxes of Hope to local community members in need.

The giveaway event, part of a regular practice at the Bay Area Rescue Mission that’s gone on for more than 40 years, occurred at the Bay Area Rescue Mission facility at 123 Macdonald Ave.

Also Tuesday, the Bay Area Rescue Mission was set to hold The Great Thanksgiving Banquet starting at noon. The event was held in the Dining Room at the Rescue Mission’s other facility at 200 Macdonald Ave.

“We’re going to go over to our dining hall across the street and we’re going to be providing a Thanksgiving dinner to anyone who is hungry today,” Anderson said.

The banquet is “just an example, on a much larger scale, of what we do everyday here,” said Anderson.

The Bay Area Rescue Mission shelters 250 homeless men, women and children a night and provides over 1,000 meals every day.

The Rescue Mission expressed heartfelt gratitude to sponsors who made this event possible, including Pacific Service Credit Union, Bay Alarm, and many individuals donors.

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