Thomasville prepares to serve around 1,400 meals to needy families on Thanksgiving

By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 21, 2018

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- For more than a decade, Thomasville organizations have served more than 10,000 meals to local families in need on Thanksgiving.

Non-profit Project Backyard is now getting ready to do it again.

Wednesday night, volunteers were setting up for their annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner event inside the Thomasville High School cafeteria.

In less than 24 hours, they'll be helping hundreds of local families with gently used winter items, donated food, and donated time.

Thursday, at 7 a.m., volunteers will begin their take over. First, starting in the kitchen to cook around 1,400 turkey dinners.

"They're slicing turkey and ham, making mash potatoes, and stuffing. It's awesome," said Johnny Barnes, owner of J B Crumbs.

Barnes is heading up kitchen operations. He says it's worth all the work.

The reward impacts hundreds in need, and brings more volunteers to serve each year.

"Seeing the gratefulness of the people, and the humility of the folks coming in being so appreciative," said Barnes.

"Just seeing the amount of people that come together when they hear someone's in need. It's just amazing the way they rally around everyone," said Courtney Wheeler, with Project Backyard.

Thursday, doors open at 10 a.m. Volunteers will hand out meals and donations inside the cafeteria until 2 p.m.

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