At Bowery Mission in New York City, Thanksgiving is commemorated every two hours as a new crowd lines up in front of the ministry’s headquarters to join one of the meal times.

While many New Yorkers were still in bed or attending the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Thursday morning, volunteers were preparing to welcome the first group to the rescue mission’s Thanksgiving event by 8 a.m. And by the time many Americans may sit down to enjoy their holiday meals this evening, the ministry would have already served around 4,000 people.

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