(WBRE/WYOU-TV) Hundreds of people are coming together in Scranton for an annual Thanksgiving tradition. Tonight with be the 42nd annual Thanksgiving celebration sponsored by the Friends of the Poor. Eyewitness News reporter Eric Deabill takes us to the dinner,
It took hours to transform the Scranton Cultural Center into a banquet hall for roughly 1500 people.
Dozens of volunteers worked all morning to make the annual Friends of the Poor Thanksgiving Dinner a success.
“It’s not so much about the food as it is the community, the love and support and just looking people in the eye and asking them how their day is and how their holiday is going and just really being there for one another,” said Meghan Loftus, Friends of the Poor President/CEO
It will take 860 pumpkin pies and 250 dozen dinner rolls to feed the crowd along with the turkey and all the trimmings.
The event would never be possible without school groups volunteering their time.
“We’ve been setting up favors on the table and helping out with all the food and the water” said Maggie Millon, Western Wayne Student.
“It means a lot. I’m affecting a lot of people. I’m helping the community. I’m from around here so it feels good!” added Bobby Craig, Valley View High School Student
While the hall was being prepared, hundreds of coats were being sorted in the main auditorium.
They will all be given away Wednesday during the annual Family to Family food basket distribution.
“It’s a blessing. You can’t put words on this. It’s a blessing. It’s a blessing to be a part of this!” said Chaplain Thomas Furino, Spring Brook Volunteer Fire Company