Community Thanksgiving Dinner Celebrates 46th Year

By: 13 News, Carissa Fox
By: 13 News, Carissa Fox

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)__ Friends and family who did not have a way to cook a Thanksgiving meal had an opportunity to share one with the community.

The 46th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner kicked things off on Monday. Thursday, hundreds of Topekans gathered at Agriculture Hall to celebrate and enjoy a good meal.

Attendee Jared Hundley told us how he feels about the dinner. "The food's good. I want to go back for more if i can. Personally I like the stuffing."

The stuffing wasn't the only thing on the menu. Good company helped serve up good conversation and allowed everyone to reflect on all they are thankful for.

One table had lots to be thankful for. "I'm thankful for God and Jesus and all of our families together."
"I'm thankful for having all of my friends and family together."
"I'm thankful i got to sleep last night."
"I'm thankful to wake up for another day with my friends and family here and eat here.

Attendees weren't the only ones gracious for having a place to call home for a few hours. Organizers say they love being able to give back.

"You feel good. You see people you know are going to get at least one good warm meal around the holiday so you feel better when you go home and sit in front of the television and eat your meal and get all fat and happy." Said Myron Johnson, President of Community Thanksgiving Dinner Foundation.

Feeding all these people wouldn't have been possible if it wasn't for the community. Food items and money were donated to help make this day a joyful one.

"I enjoy working in the community and I also love meeting new people, and it makes me feel good to tell everybody Happy Thanksgiving." Said Erin Taylor.

People came out for multiple reasons but still found lots to be thankful for.

"I am thankful for our community because they have a thanksgiving dinner for everyone who doesn't have a place to go, and i makes you feel like you have a family here to come to." Added Taylor.


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