November 25, 2015 4:22 pm
THOMASVILLE, Ga. -- A lot of people are preparing their Thanksgiving feasts. A group in Thomasville is doing it on a grand scale.
Every year they cook and serve a traditional holiday meal, from one family to another, and what's a Thanksgiving dinner without dessert?
Second Harvest of South Georgia loaded a box full of cakes, cookies and pies into a truck Wednesday afternoon. The truck belongs to Bryan Watt, an organizer for the event and member or Project Backyard.
Three years ago Project Backyard partnered with other nonprofits in Thomasville for the annual community dinner. Each year they serve more than 1,200 people. It cost organizers $3.30 per plate. That averages to less than $4,000 a year.
Watt told Eyewitness News each year this is all possible because of unwavering community support.
"It’s also such an example of the power of numbers. So many people can come together and help those in need, much more effectively than they can do it individually,” said Watt.
Since 2012, Project Backyard has partnered with Word Doers and Community Transformation to bring the community this feast. Each year they average more than 200 volunteers, numbers they never expected to reach.
"It’s surprising. You think Thanksgiving Day, and you think family time. So many families come out and just want to spend part of their thanksgiving helping others in their own backyard," said Watt.
Andrew Cooper has been helping for nearly 6 years. Now he's 14. He said many other kids his age, don’t understand what he’s doing. Cooper said after the first time, he knew he’d do it again.
“You go to it once and it’s just life changing. You stop thinking about yourself. You start thinking about others, and what they need and how you can help them make their lives that much better," said Cooper.
This year’s feast is at MacIntyre Park Middle School in Thomasville. It starts at noon. For more information on how to volunteer or donate, you can visit their website at projectbackyard.com.