UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am
WACO -- Thanksgiving is the season of plenty, and a day when many families sit down to tables overflowing with food. But, with nearly 1,000 homeless in Waco, that's not always the case. That's why Director of Mission Waco, Jimmy Dorrell, says they stepped in to provide Thanksgiving for the homeless.
"There lives have been hard. Some of them struggle with unemployment and broken families and all the things that the holidays make you emotional about. We might get to sit down with our families, while they are missing their kids. So, there are a lot of emotions," said Dorrell.
Andy Jarvis has been on the streets for a while now and says it's a chance to get what you miss from your real family. "Seeing some of the other homeless that were elsewhere who hear about it and are coming around, getting to see them again it's like being reunited with old family," Jarvis told Fox 44.
Thanksgiving at Mission Waco started seven years ago when they realized a lot of the homeless didn't have anywhere to go or to do on the holiday. Volunteers have been preparing for days to cook Thanksgiving dinner for more than one hundred homeless people.
Those who showed up for the Thanksgiving day activities are excited for the food, but one woman who gets to see her son today says that's not the most important thing. "It's just about being with family; it's about being with the ones you love."
110 homeless people at Mission Waco today will get to be part of a family and enjoy Thanksgiving.