SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission has been cooking for a couple of days to be ready for a long line of hungry guests to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Their meal is a day early, on Nov. 22, 2017, and served at lunch from noon to 2 p.m.
President Rolf Geyling says his cooks have donated turkeys carved up and in the ovens, to go with all the side trimmings, and many desserts, some prepared by the local Boy Scouts.
Servers include Keith Berry, a longtime local realtor, and media columnists Richard Mineards and Bonnie Carroll.
The Rescue Mission is in the midst of a renovation project but the kitchen area has not been changed yet. The guests will be at decorated tables. Full plates of food will be carried from the kitchen counter and personally served to each guest.
The meal is open to the public not just those staying at the Rescue Mission.
One guest in the early afternoon, Daniel Sovinsky said, "I was here a little bit before noon and the wait wasn't long. Everyone has been really friendly and helpful . This is my third plate and I am still thinking about getting another one!"
An estimated 300 meals have been prepared.
The Rescue Mission is located at 535 E Yanonali Street.
The staff says the donations this year have been generous and they are still accepting them to make sure hearty meals are prepared for the entire holiday season.