"Do you want pumpkins or yams?" That is a question that one People's City Mission Volunteer said one thousand times.
One thousand turkeys and enough "fixings" to feed five thousand people were handed out to those who are in need of assistance this holiday season.
"One in two people in the U.S. are poor," said Pastor Tom Barber of the City Mission.
They are disturbing numbers that provoked encouraging giving. "We use donations and this is really the demonstration of the generosity of Lincoln," said Barber.
Cheral Powell will feed her grand children with the food. She says it's much needed.
"People are losing their jobs, people are living paycheck to paycheck and who knows what's going to happen, so this is a God Send, it really is," said Powell who has come to the mission for help over the past thirty years.
"Here's the thing, I think poverty is something that Lincoln can put a damper on just with the public giving and I've often said it's not just a coin. It doesn't take people giving a lot, it takes a lot of people giving just a little bit," said Barber.
The donations will fill more than just a need for a holiday meal. It also fills the air with holiday spirit.
"Oh yes, I'm so excited. I'm looking forward to meeting the family and the turkey and the kinds running around the Christmas tree and that they have hope. I want everyone to know that they have hope out there for this Christmas holiday,"said Lakaye Lewis who picked up her complete holiday meal for her family.