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Thanksgiving Dinner Give-Away Feeds Thousands in Yakima

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Thanksgiving is just two days away and families in need may be wondering how they will put food on their holiday table. Thanksgiving is just two days away and families in need may be wondering how they will put food on their holiday table.

YAKIMA, WA - Thanksgiving is just two days away and families in need may be wondering how they will put food on their holiday table. Many people in Yakima had their questions answered Tuesday the Union Gospel Mission.

People both receiving and giving Thanksgiving dinners had smiles on their faces Tuesday morning. With food and volunteers coming from the local area, this truly was a community event.

It was fast. Cars drove up, were filled with food and left all within five minutes. But for the families who received the food, it's five minutes that will change their entire holiday.

"It means everything to us," Ron Abrams said. "It's the best thing that's ever happened to us right now in this time of need."

"It means my family gets to be together for Thanksgiving," Dusty Bellair said. "Times are tough this year."

To Chantee Baldwin, Tuesday means more than just giving away food. Homeless and suffering from drug addiction, she came to the Union Gospel Mission in 2010. Now recovered, she works for the Mission on the Women's Program staff. Chantee enjoys giving others the same help she received."I

"It encourages them but it also encourages me and I just love doing it," Baldwin said. "I love to love people."

Chantee and the other volunteers had their hands full Tuesday morning. Only 450 were expected to come but while NBC Right Now was there, volunteers handed out dinner number 492.

"Everybody's looking for love and especially during the holidays times can be stressful," Baldwin said. "And its just nice to be able to reach out and help the community and give back."

Thousands are now able to enjoy a hearty Thanksgiving meal, giving those in need one big thing to be thankful for.

The Gospel Mission says this is the 25th-year for their Thanksgiving Dinner Give Away. On Thursday, the Mission will host a Thanksgiving feast at 1 o'clock. 

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