As families gathered to celebrate and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal, others were heading out to give the blessing to those less fortunate Wednesday.
Churches and shelters were already prepping to help; the backbone of that support came from volunteers.
"It's one of those things we discovered a long time ago, that the food seems to expand with the numbers of people we have." Brenda Moran said. For the twelfth straight year, Moran helped coordinated volunteers to help make the Council Bluffs citywide Thanksgiving meal. Moran said more than 200 volunteers will help serve 700 people a Thanksgiving meal at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Council Bluffs.
In all, 40 birds were cooked this year. The help also came from outside the church. "The members of Immanuel Lutheran here in town, they do all the green bean casseroles at home and bring them in. We have a person up in St. Albert's school that does all the potatoes,” Moran said.
Tenth grader Austin Tietsort and his friend Shengbo Wong helped fill sacks, which were filled for home deliveries. Wong flew in from Albany, New York to help. He said he volunteers every year. “When I was in high school, I did this stuff here; I just wanted to do it again." Wong said.
A Thanksgiving story would not be complete without the dessert. There was plenty of pie, 124 were baked and ready to be sliced.
"People working together for the same result that is to help people that are less fortunate than us,” said volunteer Margaret Morse.
"Volunteers play a big role in keeping this going,” BB Lalande said. Lalande, the Siena Francis House Kitchen Manager, expected 36 volunteers Thanksgiving Day but they weren’t cutting it off there. "Heck no, the more the merrier are welcome.”