DES MOINES, Iowa - A local church and charity organization is preparing for one of its biggest days of the year Wednesday as it gathers supplies to feed 2,500 on Christmas Day.
Hope Ministries organizers say they offer meals to the less-fortunate every month of the year, but the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter holidays always produce a higher demand. The group plans to host a Christmas dinner at its Bethel Mission facility in Des Moines on Christmas, as well as deliver meals door-to-door to those who signed up ahead of time. Altogether, the organization expects 2,500 meals to go out Thursday, but they still need the community's help.
"We're off to a great start today, we have so many people who come out from the community who just want to bless others. We do have a great need for dinner rolls - ready-to-serve dinner rolls - and baked and pre-cut brownies; those are always two things that go into every meal tomorrow," said Kathy Coady, executive director of Hope Ministries.
The group is accepting food donations through 3:00 p.m. Wednesday; donations can be dropped off at the Bethel Mission facility at 1310 6th Avenue in Des Moines. If you want to support the group, but can't make a donation by 3:00 p.m., monetary donations are always needed, and can be done at the group's website.