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Volunteers provide Thanksgiving meals to those less fortunate

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While many of you were cooking your Thanksgiving dinner, others were bringing it to those less fortunate. "Meals on Wheels and More" and several churches woke-up early Thursday morning to make sure people in our community got a hot meal.

Thanksgiving would not be complete without turkey. More than 300,000 families and community members sat down for a warm meal. For many they're filling their plate as it might be the last for the night. That's why local North Austin pastors put together this dinner.

"We think it's important because a lot of the community members here don't have the provisions they need for a thanksgiving meal," said Rick Banda, Senior Pastor of North Austin Christian Church.

In Downtown Austin, volunteers for Operation Turkey served nearly 5,000 meals to the homeless.

"The day before Thanksgiving me along with many other volunteers within this community get together and we prepare turkey by smoking them the sheriff's office Austin Police Department come out to help prepare for today," said Brian Tolbert, Executive Director of Operation Turkey.

Over in East Austin, long lines snaked around the "Meals on Wheels and More" building. More than 70 volunteers packed their bags with meals for those disabled and homebound. Nearly 500 clients will be served.

"I just think it's good to get the youth in our town involved in volunteering," said Leslie Jones, a "Meals on Wheels and More" volunteer for the past eight years brought her boyfriend and his daughter with her.

"You just get to know the clients and we've seen so many clients and their changes and a lot of them getting older and they have wonderful stories so I'm glad you're out here today," said Jones.

Its a reminder to be thankful and giving this holiday season.

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