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Hundreds prepare for 'Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner'

By Michelle Frizalone, mfrizalone@ktxs.com
Published On: Nov 21 2012 06:10:33 PM CST
Thanksgiving turkey 2011

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ABILENE, Texas -

A Thanksgiving tradition held at the Abilene Civic Center almost came to an end this year, but as we've reported, thanks to Connie Rose, and countless donations and volunteers, the veterans Thanksgiving day meal is still on.

More than 100 volunteers spent Wednesday preparing turkey and ham for the annual dinner.

"It makes me feel good that I get to help everybody," one volunteer Kaitlyn Frye said. "Preparing food for some people who have served our country and who need it."

The Dyess We Care Team also brought pies to the Abilene Civic Center Wednesday morning. It's the first time they've participated in the event.

"We've never really anticipated having a good volunteer pool on the holidays because so many of our military members take that time to go visit family," Dyess We Care Team founder, Gordon Storey said.

They were pleasantly surprised by the volunteer turnout.

"Surprise, you know 50 volunteers we're like wow, this is a great turn out," Storey said.

The Dyess We Care Team hopes to participate again next year. Don't forget-the veterans Thanksgiving dinner is open to anyone in the community.

The dinner will be held on Thursday at the Abilene Civic Center at 11 a.m.