FROM WIBW -- 13 News wrapped up a successful effort on the final night of August.. helping Topeka's Thanksgiving Dinner every November. Operators from the Community Foundation took dozens of phone calls for more than six hours Monday night, racking up a quick total of $5,160 in pledges from local contributors.
Shawnee County Commissioners promised Monday morning to match whatever WIBW helped them raise. That means a quick ten-grand toward the $45,000 price tag for buying new kitchen appliances that volunteers can fire up to prepare the huge meal. Preparations are already underway in selecting the commercial grade appliances to be used, mostly ovens, stoves and refrigerators replacing the old equipment that simply cannot keep up with the size of the event each year.
Anyone who missed the chance to call, can still help the Foundation reach its final goal by dropping off a donation at any CoreFirst Bank and Trust location. Contributions may be mailed in to: Topeka Community Thanksgiving Dinner, P. O. Box 432, Topeka, 66601.
The Foundation wants to complete the final equipment purchases in another month. WIBW joins the Foundation in thanking everyone for their support Monday evening.