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92 year old has Thanksgiving Dinner at Union Gospel Mission

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PASCO, Wash, --  It's a tradition that's been happening at the Tri-Cities Union Gospel Mission for more than 50 years, serving Thanksgiving Dinner.  More than 150 people were served Thursday and  150 people were served Thanksgiving Eve  as well.  One regular Holiday visitor is 92 years old Virginia Crippen   She's been coming to the Gospel since it opened.  She says she used to volunteer there but now it's like a second home during holidays.

"When you walk in, everybody smiles, everybody's happy. I just love it down here, since I don't have  relatives" says Crippen.

The Executive Director of the Tri-Cities Union Gospel Mission, Andrew Porter says this has been one of their best years in terms of donations. Porter says  lot of volunteers have signed up, put in some time, a lot of food has come in.

Monday, the Mission gave away more than 300 turkeys for the Community Box Drive.  Porter says even after that, an additional 250 turkeys were donated.

He says they're going to use that for the Christmas drive. 

"We just get out here and have fun. A lot of trash talking. Like I said, for a year, if you loose, you get to hear about it from them. And if you win you get to brag about it to them.," says Chris George from the Pasco store.

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