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Thanksgiving at Bethesda Mission


Bethesda Mission will host a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 23. The dinner will be held at the Men’s Shelter, located at 611 Reily Street, Harrisburg, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The menu will feature turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, corn, carrots, various desserts, beverages, and more. Approximately 175 people are expected to attend.

Deb King, Volunteer Coordinator, stated, “We are extremely grateful for the volunteers who are giving up part of their Thanksgiving day at home to come and serve the meal at Bethesda Mission. There will be approximately 45 volunteers involved with the festivities, and we are thankful for each and every one of them!”

Scott Dunwoody, Executive Director of the Mission, shares,"There is always a waiting list of those who want to volunteer to serve our wonderful Thanksgiving meal; it is so encouraging to hear the motivations of our volunteers who desire to bring some encouragement to Bethesda's men and women guests and those who are needy in the community, looking for some hope in the midst of their daily struggles. The meal, warm atmosphere, and sharing of God's love lifts their spirits."

Dunwoody continues, "For those in the community who anticipate being alone this Thanksgiving, we encourage you to come to the Men's Shelter at 611 Reily Street to enjoy turkey and all the trimmings, while experiencing the wonderful fellowship!"

The mission's spokespersons said for those unable to come to the Mission for a meal, due to age or health, meals can be delivered to homes provided residences are within a five-mile radius of the men’s shelter. To schedule a delivery, call Bethesda Mission at 717-257-4442 by Wednesday, Nov. 22.