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Bowery Mission Cooks Up Thanksgiving Feast For 7,000

Inside the dining room of the Bowery Mission (Photo/Terry Sheridan)

Inside the dining room of the Bowery Mission (Photo/Terry Sheridan)

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – You think you have a crowd coming over for Thanksgiving? Well, the Bowery Mission on Madison Avenue is holding a feast for 7,000 people.

1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan reports

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The line outside the Bowery Mission (Photo/Terry Sheridan)

“We roasted 687 turkeys,” head chef Clyde Edey. “We started Saturday and finished Tuesday.”

The chefs also cooked up 1,000 pounds of potatoes, 900 pies, and 800 pounds of stuffing. Those in attendance at the dinner will also receive a “blessing bag” which contains soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, a toothbrush, shaving cream, razors, underwear, socks, hats, and gloves.

Hundreds of volunteers signed up at the mission, located at a century-old chapel, to help feed those less fortunate this holiday season.

“Thanksgiving should be a day of giving I wanted to do something for others,” Linda, who volunteered with her son, said. “I feel that that’s what this day is all about.”

The effort did not go unappreciated by those who got a chance to enjoy a hot Thanksgiving meal.

“It means the world to me,” one man said.

Food will also be delivered to 15 outreach sites in the five boroughs and New Jersey.

On a typical day, the Bowery Mission serves 800 meals to those in need. Last year, the charity served 3,724 meals on Thanksgiving Day alone.

To find out how you can help click here.