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Butte Rescue Mission prepares for Thanksgiving feast

By KTVM Staff
Published On: Nov 26 2013 06:06:56 PM MST
Updated On: Nov 26 2013 06:11:39 PM MST
BUTTE, Mont. -

Dozens of volunteers are putting the finishing touches on Butte's city-wide Thanksgiving feast. Organizers have been busy roasting turkeys, baking pies and putting together the Butte Rescue Mission's annual free dinner.

Volunteers are finishing cooking 82 turkeys and all the trimmings. They are prepared to serve more than 2,000 people.

Facility Manager Clyde Still said everyone is welcome to come. He is working with volunteers to make sure there is enough food ready when the doors open at the Maroon Activity Center on Wednesday. He tells NBCMontana he expects this will be the largest crowd ever.

But they're not just expecting a lot of folks at the dinner tables, many people have been volunteering.

"The phone has been ringing all morning," Still said.  "People wanting to know of they can bring the kids to serve mashed potatoes or can we help with the turkeys.  It just has been a tremendous outpour"

This year is Chef Allen Perry's first All-City Dinner. "I got to Montana and met the people at the mission," said Perry.  "And they've been a godsend.  So I figured I'd put back into the pot and help them out."

But Perry is just one of hundreds who are helping make this happen.  "If it wasn't for them we couldn't have gotten this done," he said.

Other volunteers like Jack Nelson and Randy Skates explained this Thanksgiving tradition helps fill a need in the community.

"If it wasn't for this mission some people would have nowhere to go," said Nelson.

"Everybody needs help and that's what we do at the rescue mission we help people," said Skates.

The doors open at the Maroon Activity Center at noon on Wednesday. Dinner will be served until 5 p.m.

The Rescue Mission will also offer a free dinner at its 2nd Street location from noon to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.