Mission Arlington ready to feed 27,000 on Thanksgiving

The charity organization and its volunteers were working in overdrive Wednesday evening to get ready for a big Thanksgiving giveaway.

ARLINGTON — It was a frenzied afternoon and evening at Mission Arlington on Wednesday as dozens of volunteers prepared to load thousands of Turkey Day dinners for delivery Thursday morning.

Tillie Burgin has run the mission for years. She said they expect to feed more than 6,000 families this year, which could be a record.

"We're taking the food directly into the homes, kinda get to know people," she said. "It's about building relationships in our community; it's not just, 'Here's a turkey, hope you do fine."'

Around 7 a.m. on Thursday, thousands of volunteer drivers will start pulling through to grab some meals, a list of addresses, and then do a round of deliveries.

Burgin said some families will receive a box of goods with a frozen turkey, while others will get a warm meal that is already prepared.

"It just depends on what they need," she explained.

Juan Sigala brought his two nephews to help organize the birds, and the rows of boxes ready to be distributed.

"It's pretty fast-paced," he said. "A lot of volunteers. This is my first time coming out here."

The Fort Worth resident said they made the 15-mile drive so the kids could gain a better appreciation for the true meaning of the holiday season.

"They'll see a different aspect of Thanksgiving. It'll help them in the future," Sigala said.

Volunteers will also host about 200 people at the actual mission on West South Street.

Sigala said his family is planning to return on Thursday to see if they can help again.


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