EUGENE, Ore. — Volunteers filled the Lane Community College cafeteria to prepare for a big Thanksgiving feast this weekend.
Everyone was hard at work Saturday and Sunday, to make sure the 24th Annual Free Whiteaker Community Dinner would go smoothly come Thursday.
Culinary students spent the morning de-boning 1,500 pounds of turkey, while other volunteers peeled and chopped their way through pounds of vegetables.
Coordinators say the meal brings thousands of people together each year.
“I’m hoping that people will realize that it doesn’t really matter who you are, where you’re from, what religion or political beliefs you have, but that here and again, everyone has to eat,” said organizer Ron Pike.
It’s still not too late to help out. Blankets, rain gear and other warm clothing are needed and can be dropped off at the Whiteaker Community Head Start Center.