A Topeka Thanksgiving Tradition Continues

By: Stephanie Ramos Email
By: Stephanie Ramos Email

Thousands of meals have been served by the Topeka Thanksgiving Dinner Foundation...they're back at it again this year.

The volunteers and the community have been dedicated and committed, since 1968, to serving the community. Many have participated but one special lady has been there from the very beginning. In the wake of the Topeka tornado of 1966 Pauline Johnson along with others set up an emergency center for those affected. They provided shelter but also provided Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to all.

The Topeka Thanksgiving Dinner Foundation has been providing dinners on turkey day for 40 years now and they have no intention of stopping.

"I've been doing the dinners here at the expocentre for over 20 years..we are prepared to serve 3500 people, we've gone from 69 to 3300...we serve many plates. When I look around and look at some of these people sitting down eating I know thats the only meal their going to have that day or that have had for awhile. I just thank God that at 81 years old I'm still able to keep going and as long as I am ..I'm going to do it I just feel great about it," says Pauline Johnson, Coordinator, Topeka Thanksgiving Dinner Foundation.

A volunteer says, "The idea that we're providing a community service we're helping people who may not have...our motto is no one should dine alone on Thanksgiving and that's really what we're about nothing better than a community Thanksgiving to bring us together."

Dinner will be served from 12 noon till 3 pm, Thursday at AG Hall in the expocentre.


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