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CEO Provides Thanksgiving Meals To Hundreds of Families

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WILKES-BARRE -- Hundreds of people in our area are feasting on a Thanksgiving meal Thursday, all thanks to the generosity of volunteers preparing donated food.

The Commission on Economic Opportunity of Wilkes-Barre wants to make sure no one goes without turkey on Thanksgiving. Volunteers from CEO are cooking the traditional holiday meal, with all the fixings at First Presbyterian Church in Wilkes-Barre.

“The best part about doing this every year is you get to help other people,” said one volunteer.

“Everyone should get the chance for a holiday dinner, should be able to eat something,” said another.

After the food is cooked, volunteers then fill baskets with the Thanksgiving dinners.  They're then loaded into vehicles that deliver more than 400 meals, with some going to residents of Park Avenue Apartments in Wilkes-Barre.

“They're fortunate, and it feels good when you see that smile and they give you a hug and they're like thank you,” said one volunteer.

“I'm not from here originally, I'm from back out west, so I' don't have a lot of family or friends, so this kinda helps,” said a woman who received one of the meals.

Many of those volunteers say all those Thanksgiving dinners wouldn't be possible without the donations from so many people and businesses.