When many people think of Thanksgiving volunteerism, they picture canned food drives or long cafeteria lines. This Thanksgiving, a local community mission for the homeless did things differently, and Parking and Transportation Services was there to help.
In an event co-sponsored by organizations and businesses across the area, more than 75 people living in the Weinberg Housing Center shelter in Baltimore were treated to a day of food and festivity. Parking and Transportation Services provided the transportation for the event.
The first stop of the day was at Empowerment Temple Church, where excited residents exited the bus amid warm welcomes and cheerful greetings from church volunteers. Once inside, guests were seated and entertained by a live band that played a range of music including jazz to gospel.
From there, guests were transported to Carolina’s Kitchen in Hyattsville. Waiters there served residents a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, including turkey, dressing, greens, macaroni and cheese and candied yams. Guests chose their own desserts from an assortment of cakes and pies.
The joy of the day was evident on the faces of residents, who were thrilled at the change of pace from their normal routine. It was a rewarding and inspiring experience for the TU volunteers as they came together to give back during the holidays.