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Local Non-Profits See Surge Of Volunteers In Advance Of Thanksgiving

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by Heather Graf

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - We see it just about every November right around Thanksgiving: a surge of volunteers at local non-profits, who are ready and willing to give back.  Sadly, though, that volunteerism drops dramatically once the holidays are over.

At the Nashville Rescue Mission, it takes about 800 volunteers to serve 4,000 Thanksgiving dinners on Wednesday and Thursday.

"Yeah, we couldn't do this without the enormous help from all of our volunteers, and our volunteers sign-ups really start in October for Thanksgiving and for Christmas," said Glenn Cranfield, CEO of the Nashville Rescue Mission.

Cranfield says they are always impressed by the number of people who want to give back during the holiday season.

Those serving up food during Wednesday's Thanksgiving Banquet included Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Metro Council Members, several members of the NewsChannel 5 team, and dozens of others who want to make a difference.

"I think it's representative of our city, I mean, the mission is able to do what it does every year because people from all walks of life are willing to help out," said Councilman Josh Stites.

That's true, according to the Nashville Rescue Mission - but organizers also say the families they serve need help 365 days a year.

"So not only at Thanksgiving or at Christmas or even Easter, but every day throughout the year, there are tremendous opportunities to be involved," said Cranfield.

That's why, even though they have all the volunteers they need for Thanksgiving, the Rescue Mission still wants to hear from you.

To get involved or learn more about volunteering there, click here: http://www.nashvillerescuemission.org/.

It takes about 70,000 volunteer hours each year to meet the organization's goal and serve this community.

We did find one non-profit still looking for help.  The Annual Keith Searcy Memorial Thanksgiving Dinner needs people to deliver 2,000 meals all over Nashville.

To take part, just show up at Assumption Catholic Church on Seventh Avenue North at about 7:45 a.m.

email: hgraf@newschannel5.com

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