Hundreds enjoy annual Thanksgiving feast - KOTA Territory News

Hundreds enjoy annual Thanksgiving feast

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For most families Thanksgiving is a day of great food and thankful reflection but for those less fortunate it's a day of hunger and loneliness.

But for 30 years some organizations in KOTA territory have reached out to bring fellowship and food to their fellow man.

Last year, Dale Bishop celebrated Thanksgiving at home with his family.

After a year of hardship and financial stress, he finds himself seated with 400 others some of whom are also facing similar difficulties.
 
"It seems poverty is striking everywhere, happens even to the best of us. This year we needed help," said Bishop.
 
"A lot of people who come here are homeless, some people come here because they just want a good hot meal," said Joseph Philhower, who's attended the Thanksgiving Dinner for at least two years.
 
With the help of 125 volunteers, the Knights of Columbus' Annual Thanksgiving dinner aims to serve more than 900 meals this holiday.
 
"Some of these volunteers, I called from Minnesota, Iowa. Their thanksgiving holiday just to work here. It's for all of us, honor and privilege for us to serve them. Thanksgiving extra special," said Jeffrey Meyers, Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving Dinner Organizer.
 
After 30 years of volunteering his time on Thanksgiving, Ralph Schwab says he's seen guests from every age group, economic class and race.
 
"Originally they started for people who couldn't afford it, but now its just for anyone who wants to come. Rich or poor," said Schwab.

"I don't have any family and I see the same people every year. I always see people I know, they're so warm and welcoming," said William Bray, who's been attending the Thanksgiving dinner for at least seven years.
 
For Dale, the warm meal is a blessing he and others are thankful to have during tough times. But it's the fellowship and hospitality that he will remember throughout the coming year.
 
"With efforts like this, it keeps people fed, that's a blessing, it truly is," said Bishop.

The Knights of Columbus annual Thanksgiving dinner is funded entirely by private donations.

This year, more than 400 pounds of turkey were cooked for the event.

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