YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Thanksgiving is about spending time with friends and family, and one Youngstown event gave the area’s homeless that opportunity as well.
From noon to 3 p.m., hundreds got a free Thanksgiving meal and winter clothing on Hazel and Front streets in downtown Youngstown.
Thanksgiving for the Homeless was organized by Sticky Fingers Smoke Company, The American Food Forest and volunteers from the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Sticky Fingers took care of the food, and they have been preparing for this feast — including smoked turkey, mashed potatoes and all the fixings — for weeks.
After dinner, people were able to pick up some gently-used winter gear. Volunteers from St. Vincent de Paul and other organizations collected the clothes before Thursday.
Although Thanksgiving is the time to give back to the community, these organizations are urging people to remember that shelters need food and clothing all year. They say donations at any time of year are appreciated.