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Volunteers Stuff Thanksgiving Baskets for the Needy

Thanksgiving is upon us once again, and many families will soon be enjoying the traditional spoils thanks to the hundreds of volunteers at Victory Mission.The faith-based organization has been hard at work ensuring that the less fortunate will also have a meal on the table come Thursday.
KSMU’s Ryan Farmer went out to the Mission’s distribution center to speak with some of the volunteers.
Brave volunteers fight the early morning chills and try to keep themselves sane as they stuff baskets and bags full of turkeys, rolls, stuffing, and other holiday favorites for this years Thanksgiving.
They remember though why they gathered in an old, non-heated warehouse: to be of service to the community, and to give their time to those in need.
Volunteers and members of Victory Mission, an evangelical Christian outreach, came together this morning to help arrange Thanksgiving baskets for needy families.
Judy Boehm, the volunteer coordinator for Victory Mission, says this group differs from other outreach organizations.Boehm-"We've got over a hundred families showing up tomorrow to drive these baskets to individual homes, and to my knowledge we are the only organization in Springfield that delivers directly to the house."
Boehm also says that she has never experienced anything quite like this year’s turnout.Boehm-"Its been an overwhelming season. I've had so many volunteers that I've probably turned away two or three to everyone that I took. The plea for food has not been as large as I thought it was. Its a huge blessing."
A blessing that Neal Scherer, the operator manager for warehouse transportation, attributes to the faithfulness of the Mission’s volunteers. Scherer-"I'm talking about the volunteers and the donors. They still are faithful in these economic times. You know I think that's what I'm trying to really stress here. Its so amazing. I know they are struggling, because my family is struggling, but they are still there, you know that faithfulness. That's one of the things we were concerned about this year."
Scherer says that the mission will be serving over 560 baskets to the Springfield community next week.
Victory Mission has already made plans to continue its volunteerism into the holiday season by preparing food baskets for Christmas as well.
For KSMU News, I’m Ryan Farmer