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Community Thanksgiving Goes On

By: Ilyssa Trussel
By: Ilyssa Trussel

For more than 10 years, Kay Freeman has made sure needy people in Tallahassee had a hot meal on Thanksgiving.

Last year the Thanksgiving tradition was almost broken.

"It almost didn't happen; it almost didn't happen. It's expensive, and the Ghazvini family made it happen."

"We've just been very fortunate and we wanted to help, we were looking for a way to give back to the community," said Alisa Ghazvini, who's stepping up to the plate once again.

This time the family and the Big Bend Homeless Coalition are reaching out much further.

"The effort was made to reach out to Gadsden County to be sure our neighbors as well can enjoy a Thanksgiving feast," said Freeman.

Community and church leaders in Quincy said they were thrilled to find out.

"I do everything by faith and I had gotten to the faith limit, and when Bob called I said, ‘oh, God did it.’"

There are two dinners in Quincy and one at the Ole Times Country Buffet in Tallahassee.

Cooks and staff will volunteer that night, but they say they can't do it alone. They're asking volunteers to roll up their sleeves and help out.

"It kinda gives you a warm feeling inside to know that you're helping those who don't have anywhere to go on Thanksgiving. It's something a lot of people just take for granted," says Bobbie O'Neal from the Ole Times Country Buffet.

If you'd like to spend Thanksgiving preparing and serving these community Thanksgiving dinners in Leon or Gadsden County, call 514-1000.


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