Turkey dinner served to hundreds at 22nd Annual Homeless Luncheon

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - It's a welcome sight for many as the weather gets colder: a hot turkey dinner with all the trimmings, provided for homeless and underprivileged Toledoans.

The annual homeless luncheon is now in its 22nd year, and the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development knows how important it is to offer some hope for the holidays.

"All of the shelters and feeding programs provided all the side dishes," Department of Neighborhood and Business Development's Bonita Bonds said, "and we provide the hams and turkeys."

The food wasn't the only draw Thursday at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Paul Mitchell The School provided free haircuts and manicures, and a mobile health clinic gave health screenings for those who normally couldn't afford it.

Catherine Crosby was a first-time volunteer and said it's "a satisfying experience to be able to serve those who usually don't have a voice or aren't seen, and let them know how much we appreciate them being in our community."

Having hundreds turn out Thursday afternoon highlights the sense of community, but also a greater overall need.

"It is a double-edged sword," Bonds said, "but it just lets us know there's still work to do. It's something the mayor and the city enjoy doing, but it also lets us know we still have some work to do in the community."