The Muskegon Rescue Mission is preparing to feed 1,000 families for Thanksgiving through an annual basket giveaway.
The Muskegon-based nonprofit said it will host its annual Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Monday and Tuesday at the nonprofit’s men’s shelter at 400 W. Laketon Ave. in Muskegon.
“Last year, we distributed 800 meal baskets to local families. This year, we are preparing for 1,000 due to the increased need we are seeing within our community,” said Dan Skoglund, executive director of the Muskegon Rescue Mission. “We have seen a considerable rise in pantry needs and lengthened shelter stays during 2020, many due to job loss and the impact of COVID.”
A Thanksgiving basket (limit one per family) contains all the festive trimmings: frozen turkey, potatoes, stuffing, vegetables and a dessert.
Participating families are asked to send only one person to collect their baskets; they are required to wear a mask and follow 6-foot physical distancing rules; and they can register the day of the pickups at the men’s shelter.
Muskegon Rescue Mission said it is thankful for support from local businesses and donors who made the Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway possible.
More information about the organization is at muskegonmission.org.