TOLEDO—Traditional Thanksgiving dinners will be prepared and served at Helping Hands of St. Louis and guests will be able dine-in again this year. The free meals will be served between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22 at Helping Hands of St. Louis, 443 Sixth St., Toledo.
“Volunteers are preparing hundreds of turkey dinners with all the fixings—mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, cranberry sauce, dinner roll, pumpkin pie and a beverage,” says Sue Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis. “In years past, we’ve served upwards of 350 people and our guests really look forward to our holiday dinners each year for the food and also the fellowship.”
Helping Hands of St. Louis, a ministry of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, has been serving the poor in East Toledo for over 40 years. On average, 225 meals are prepared daily. More than 3,000 individuals receive groceries from Helping Hands Food Pantry and over 1,000 homeless food and hygiene kits are distributed annually. Over 6,500 men, women and children pick out shoes and boots, gently used clothing and small household items from the Clothing Center annually. Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo also provides Crisis Navigation services to guests as needed.