In an effort to make some residents' holiday a little brighter, Saint Vincent de Paul in Iron Mountain passed out baskets, complete with a turkey, potatoes, and stuffing. Saint Vincent de Paul is a place whose mission is to help those in need. And usually the need is greatest during the holidays.
Thanksgiving is a time for family and feasting, but let's face it, sometimes it gets expensive. So if you can't afford it, what can you do?
For years, the Saint Vincent de Paul food pantry has been handing out baskets filled with a good meal on the day of thanks. And there are a lot of people who benefit.
There are over 100,000 homeless people in the state of Michigan, and 16 percent of Michigan residents live below the poverty line. The volunteers understand there's a great need in the community and know if they don't step up, some people may not eat this holiday.
I like helping people, and it's fun, said Darla Nelson.
It makes you feel good. You're getting your wings and you're helping people. And when you leave, you go home and you feel good, said Bert J. Moore.
We see people from all walks of life that come in here, and if we weren't here, where would they go? said Sally Sculati.
Carol Biehl has been volunteering for 15 years and is proud that their pantry is never empty.
I feel like I'm doing something worthwhile, really. You know, that's what God said: feed the hungry and clothe the poor. And that's what we try and do here, said Biehl.
So whether you need a turkey with all the fixings or a pound of venison, Saint Vincent de Paul is always happy to lend a hand.