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Volunteers Pack Thanksgiving Meal Baskets For Families In Need

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - Some local families in need will be getting a basket full of cheer even before the Thanksgiving holiday.

It is all possible thanks to the caring people of Pittsburgh.

Since October, food donations have been coming in to Light of Life. Those donations are lined up on the tables and are ready to be delivered to needy families.

As families get ready for a day of thanks and feast, volunteers hauled in boxes of food in the hopes of making Thanksgiving dinner a reality for families who can't afford it.

"We had one lady who showed up today with 30 turkeys. We had another lady show up with 240 boxes of instant mashed potatoes. So, all we had to do was get the word out and people just started coming," Shari Hodges said.

Light of Light rescue mission serves poor and homeless men, women and children throughout Pittsburgh.

Their selfless work continues and ramps up through the holidays. Today, over a dozen volunteers were packing baskets full of donated food.

"It is amazing. It's such a blessing to be able to reach out to families, not just serve in our building, but to reach out to people in the community to make a difference," Kate Wadsworth said.

"I can get real emotional if I let myself because it's such a fulfilling thing. We were at the grocery store this morning and even the people at the grocery store were so excited for us. They gave us as much as they could give us and they were also just full of blessings for us," Hodges said.

From the turkey, to stuffing and even dessert, the baskets were loaded and ready to be shipped out to over 170 families identified by local non-profit groups. While they know they're bringing something special to these families, helping also warms the hearts of all those behind the effort.

"We could not do what we do without our volunteers and our donors," Wadsworth said.

All the dinner baskets will be delivered today. Next, the Light of Life volunteers will get ready to prepare Thanksgiving dinner, where they plan to serve around 1,000 people.


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