TULSA, Oklahoma -- More than 5,000 families are expected to rely on the John 3:16 Mission this year for Thanksgiving dinner. The turkeys and food have been donated by individuals, businesses and churches.
They started lining up Monday morning to get their bags of supplies. For recipients like Sara Edwards, who is a full time student and mom of three, it saves the holiday.
"Without them I probably wouldn't have a thanksgiving for my kids. You get enough to pretty much make what you need, mashed potatoes, the stuffing, they give you cranberry jelly, the jelly stuff and the turkey," she said.
Members of the Owasso Rams basketball team helped prepare bags of food Monday morning. This is the second year Kason Key and Matt Gallagher have volunteered their time and say they're glad to help.
"There's always something you can do to help with other people that are less fortunate. They really appreciate it to. It's fun to hear the thank you's and God Bless you's, so it's good to hear that," Key said.
"They give so much more to us," Gallagher said. It just feels so incredible to be able to come out here and do this, so, you know, it probably helps us more than it helps them. It's just amazing."
John 3:16 says they've had 29 percent more people ask for help this year than they did last year.