Thanksgiving Events For Less Fortunate
Volunteers around the metro area helped create a memorable Thanksgiving for those in need at a number of different events.
St. Vincent De Paul and St. Peter Parishes held the 4th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the Homeless, Poor, and Lonely at the St. Peter School. More than 350 people were expected to attend. Volunteers prepared 43 turkeys, 180 pounds of potatoes, and about 200 pies. Many of the people are either homeless or struggling financially. Those who attended say they’re thankful for all the generosity.
"It's great, excellent. The food's great, people are great, it's great to be here,” Robert Bibbins of Omaha explained. "I was even thanking everybody for being here because it's even great for us to have the volunteers."
For anyone who couldn't get a ride Ollie the Trolley was picking people up from around the downtown area, who didn't know about the dinner or couldn't make the walk.
"It's really a thrill for me just to see the thrill in their eyes. A lot of them are on hard times as a lot of people are today. They're like, wow a free meal? A free hot meal? They’re just excited beyond belief," said Dave Penning, a volunteer.
Saint Vincent De Paul not only helps put on this Thanksgiving meal, but they feed the needy every Saturday as well.
This was just one of many Thanksgiving dinners for the less fortunate around the metro.