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Instead of donating food, volunteers give meals for Thanksgiving

Kassi Nelson
November 23, 2017 10:17 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- While some are able to eat leftovers for days after Thanksgiving, there are others who may not get a meal at all.

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But not if a group of volunteers can help it.

Kirtland Elementary School Principal Rayetta Baty said she wanted to make sure her neighbors didn't go hungry this holiday. She and other volunteers started by handing out nearly 200 boxes of Thanksgiving groceries earlier this week.

However, Baty realized not everyone would have the means to prepare the meal. They took it a step further.

“As we give thanks, we want to allow someone else the opportunity and be here to serve for someone else,” she said.

The Rivers of Living Water Outreach group donated the food. After hours in the kitchen, they opened up the school's cafeteria Thursday afternoon and invited families in for a free meal.   

“I think it's really nice for them to do something like this,” Ayesha Webb said while celebrating Thanksgiving. “They took the time to come out here and make dinner for the kids and parents.”

People who came to celebrate say the food was just one of the things they're thankful for.

“I'm thankful for my family because they're always there for me when I need them,” Dalilah Richardson said.

The group did have some leftovers, but they boxed them up and were heading out to give them to homeless people in the community. Baty said they hope to do the same thing next year.

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