Thousands Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner at 27th Annual Buffet at DECC

Taylor Holt
November 24, 2016 09:04 PM

It's a Thanksgiving tradition for families across the Northland like Amanda Buchanan and her kids.

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"I've been coming here with my kids for the last four, five years," said Buchanan. "Everybody's so loving. It's just a great environment and it really makes it easier on us as a family."

A full house at this year's Twin Ports Thanksgiving Buffet proved that.

"We had people that were lined up at 9 o' clock," said Monica Hendrickson, the dinner Coordinator."We probably filled our entire dining room within thirty minutes."

But Hendrickson says that was no surprise.

"We moved it upstairs to the ballroom of the DECC because we ran out of room last year so we've just had great support from the community," she said.

That included about 600 helping hands to make this event possible.

"We have some people that are in the kitchen all week. They are working 8 to 10 hours a day," said Hendrickson."We made a lot of food this year again so 22 hundred pounds of turkey, 22 hundred pounds of potatoes, we have about 6 thousand dinner rolls, six thousand pumpkin bars, and 150 gallons of gravy."

But this day is about more than just a dinner.

"There's just so many negative things going on today in the world and it's just that whole spirit of community and everyone's a family member," said Hendrickson.

For some, its a way to give back.

"My family's been coming here for a couple years now and for whatever reason I never got to tag along so this year I was glad to come out and kind of spend my time giving back to the community," said Austin Torvinen, a volunteer at the dinner. 

But for everyone, a day of thanks.

"It really does make thanksgiving kind really come together for us," said Buchanan.

All leftover food will go to the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank.


Taylor Holt

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