Keeping tradition at The Scott Mission: Thanksgiving meal served to poor and homeless

    TORONTO, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - No money, no home. What do the homeless have to
be thankful for?
    Perhaps friendship, community... a good meal in a familiar place?
    This Monday, The Scott Mission will continue its longstanding tradition
of serving Thanksgiving meals to the needy and destitute in Toronto.
    The tradition dates back to the 1930s. Morris Zeidman, the Mission's
founder, saw the need for a soup kitchen during the Depression. He mentioned
his idea to the editor at the Toronto Telegram, who had just received a phone
call from a store that had gallons of leftover turkey from their Thanksgiving
dinner. The store sent it over and the meal fed more than 200 people.
    The soup kitchen ministry began and continued - through the official
establishment of The Scott Mission in November 1941 - to today.
    "It is so significant that the Mission's soup kitchen survived and
thrived with the support from the community," says Executive Director David
Smith. "It lets the world know that God is at work in practical ways for those
who need Him, no matter how bleak their situation might seem."

    Who:   Interview opportunities with Executive Director David Smith and

    What:  Thanksgiving meal for Toronto's needy (Menu: Roast turkey with
           gravy, stuffing, roast potatoes, cranberry sauce, salad,
           tomato and vegetable soup, and jelly with fruit and vanilla)

    Where: The Scott Mission dining room
           502 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
           (northwest corner of College and Spadina)

    When:  Monday October 8, 2007 at 10:30 a.m.

    The Scott Mission is a Christian urban mission that responds to the needs
of the poor, homeless, abandoned and vulnerable of all ages by offering
practical, emotional and spiritual support for thousands of people each year.
    The Mission offers daily hot meals, a low-cost daycare, a summer camp for
children and youth, free good-quality clothing, groceries, shower and laundry
facilities for the homeless, an overnight program, orientation for recent
immigrants, an after-school program, friendly visiting and out-of-town
retreats for shut-ins.

For further information:

For further information: or to confirm your attendance, please contact:
Melissa Yue, Communications Coordinator, (416) 923-8872 ext. 443,; On-site contact for October 8: David Smith, Executive
Director, The Scott Mission, (416) 570-0960

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