FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- While millions of Americans sat down for Thanksgiving dinner today, some Fort Wayne residents donated their time to serving those less fortunate at the Rescue Mission.
"If I can spread joy, or be thankful for the people here, I'm happy," said Emanuel Banks, Jr.
Banks is a recovering addict, and got to the Rescue Mission just three weeks ago. He said, they saved him.
"I was out of control, and when you're spending anywhere between four to 500 dollars a day, and finally you get tired of being sick and tired, you realize it's time for a change," Banks said.
Today, he gave back, by serving dinner to others in the community who don't have anything else.
"It keeps me busy, keeps my mind occupied. If I get bored, there's two things: I either get tired, and want to go to sleep, or my mind gets to wandering and thinking about my addiction," Banks said.
Across the chapel, two little girls sat down to dinner with their mom, and told me what Thanksgiving means to them.
"Thanksgiving to me is like, having fun, meeting people, and eating," said Alyssa Favano.
Her sister, Audrey Favano, said for her it means, "Eat dinner, talk, and have some fun, and love people."
While some people chowed down in the chapel, on the other side of the mission, volunteers served thousands more who waited in line.
"I just love helping people. We love helping when it's gift wrap, we help serve at Easter and Thanksgiving. It's just nice to be able to give a warm meal to somebody who stood outside in the cold, and is so appreciative. This might be the only meal they get for a few days," said Angie Gottschalk, a volunteer.
- Rescue Mission feeds over 3,000 for Thanksgiving
- Rescue Mission feeds the homeless for Christmas
- Rescue Mission prepping for Thanksgiving meal, holidays
- Rescue Mission ready for Thanksgiving meal
- Rescue Mission serves 2,000 people for Easter
- More than $16,000 donated to Rescue Mission
- Rescue Mission receives grant from AEP Foundation
- More people staying at Rescue Mission as temperatures drop
- The Rescue Mission hosts 'Longest Night' Memorial Walk