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Nov 23, 2011 6:55 PM

Thousands get a free dinner for Thanksgiving

TUCSON - For the 23rd year in a row, the Gospel Rescue Mission is helping people fill-up in a down economy.

Anjelica Carlson loves the food, but enjoys the company much more. "I think that Thanksgiving is about sharing time with people we don't know," Carlson said.

Director of Development at the Gospel Rescue Mission, Scott Munro says, this year more food is added to the equation. "Primarily it was homeless people we were taking care of, now we're taking care of what we're calling the financially homeless, or the economically homeless," Munro said.

500 volunteers prepared 2,500 pounds of turkey, 650 pounds of stuffing, 3,750 dinner rolls and much more. The food filled an estimated 3,171 hundred empty stomachs.

The Gospel Rescue Mission says every year this traditional Thanksgiving event grows by the hundreds.

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