Guiding Light host annual free Thanksgiving meal

More than 100 volunteers and donors made the event possible.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Guiding Light plans to feed more than 300 community members in need with its annual Thanksgiving meal.

The free meal will take place Sunday, Nov.  19 from 12 until 1:30 p.m. at Guiding Light, which is located at 255 Division Avenue. 

There will be turkey, vegetables, rolls, salad and assortment of pies available. An a Grand Valley State University freshman will play the violin during the event. 

Each year, this annual meal is made possible be more than 100 volunteers and community sponsors and donors. 

"Sharing a Thanksgiving meal with our Heartside neighbors is something we look forward to every year," said Stuart Ray, executive director. "We're thankful for our generous donors who give their time, talents and resources to not only make this meal possible, but are key in empowering meaningful, lasting change in lives of the men we serve."

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Men who are struggling with addiction or who have lost their job and/or money can find help at Guiding Light -- which offers recovery and back to work programs, as well as free meals and a temporary place to stay. 

Last year alone, Guiding Light pumped more than $13.5 million into the local economy, served more than 187,00 and provided 20,000 nights of shelter.

For more information about Guiding Light and how you can help, visit www.guidinglightworks.org.

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