Miller family provides meals, resources for homeless community

Nov 21, 2022, 1:36 PM | Updated: 1:37 pm

SALT LAKE CITY — Utahns are giving back to their community through an annual tradition of serving Thanksgiving meals to those experiencing homelessness.

Continuing the Thanksgiving tradition, the Larry H. Miller family hoped to serve more than 3,000 people on Monday.

This is their 24th consecutive year serving a Thanksgiving meal.

Amanda Covington, chief corporate affairs officer with the Larry H. Miller Company, said Friday’s offerings include more than a meal.

This year, the Thanksgiving tradition grew by teaming up with more than a dozen community members providing free services to those in need.

Some of the available services included dental cleaning, pet vaccines, clothing and health screenings.

Shawn Clay, director of the Salt Lake City Mission, along with his volunteers, helped others in battling the cold by giving out winter clothing. They warmed hearts in the process.

“It’s like Christmas!” Clay said.

He said gathering donations and preparing to give out as many warm clothes as they do is a yearlong process.

“We’ve been working on this since last Thanksgiving,” he said.

Clay said those receiving the clothing are grateful.

“It’s so hard to stay warm out here on these streets. We got kids’ clothes. We got men’s clothes. We got women’s clothes. We got teens’ clothes. Small shoes. Big shoes and medium shoes, so we have something for everybody,” Clay said.

“We want to continue doing good until there is too much good in the world,” Covington said.

The meal and services began at 11 a.m. and ran through 2 p.m.

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Miller family provides meals, resources for homeless community