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Woman looking to save a Thanksgiving meal tradition, closer to reaching donation goal

By Michelle Frizalone, mfrizalone@ktxs.com
Published On: Nov 09 2012 06:12:34 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 09 2012 08:04:15 PM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

It's a Thanksgiving dinner that's been happening for 25 years. Families and veterans gather at the Abilene Civic Center to eat turkey and stuffing on Thanksgiving.

The annual dinner put on by the Taylor County Veterans Service Office was cancelled because not enough money was raised.

One local woman, Connie Rose wanted to help those who are looking for a Thanksgiving meal. Rose has raised $8,185 dollars so far for the annual Thanksgiving dinner. Her total goal: $15,000.

"I think there's a huge need for it in this community," Rose said. "I think the best thing that we can do to serve our community is to give back."

Rose and her daughter, Rachel Palmer teamed up, one helped to raise money the other organized volunteers.

"It's easier than I anticipated, of course, Abilene is a great community anyway and once the word was out the donations started coming, so we're thrilled," Rose said.

Happy Trails Rustic Western Furniture in Clyde gave the group funding to buy 50 turkeys and 20 hams, according to Rose.

And for those who are disabled and can't leave their homes they will still get a meal.

"We also are going to be taking volunteers for delivery drivers to do home delivery for the people that can't make it up," Palmer said.

They will take donations all the way up to the event to cover costs. You don't have to be a veteran to come and enjoy the dinner.

The event will be on Thanksgiving and will start at 11 a.m. at the Abilene Civic Center.  
   
There will be more than 110 volunteers to help out with the dinner.