Updated: November 26, 2020 06:08 PM
Created: November 26, 2020 04:19 PM
The DECC and Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center are known for the annual Thanksgiving buffets they host every year. Due to COVID-19 they had to cancel, but that doesn't mean people were left empty-handed. Both locations prepped to-go meals to give away to families Thursday.
"It's awesome just delivering the meals to people it feels great to give back," said Liam Arnar, a DECC volunteer.
Since the DECC couldn't host its' popular Thanksgiving buffet, they brought the buffet to people, literally. Volunteers made many boxes of Thanksgiving meal kits that folks stopped by to pick up to cook and enjoy at home. Volunteers also delivered meals to families and local nonprofits.
"This is the earliest we've ever been done with Thanksgiving and it's not even 11 o'clock. We had 2200 meals leave our building and then we had about 1,000 bag lunches that left as well as a second meal. Who doesn't like a turkey sandwich at the end of the day?" said Monica Hendrickson, the DECC Thanksgiving buffet event organizer.
The meals are something people didn't take for granted and were extra thankful for this year.
"I'm very thankful," said Kayla Polaski. "Yes we are thankful for the DECC to be able to do this even though they're not serving hot meals they're still here," said Chris Robinson.
Polaski and Robinson were excited to pick up a meal at the DECC.
Across the bridge at the Richard I. Bong Museum, volunteers prepped delicious Thanksgiving meals for veterans, active service members, and their families.
"It's a great way to show that we care about our veterans and we honor and respect what they did for our country. It's a good feeling," said John Gidley, the outreach coordinator of the museum.
Gidley said they always looks forward to welcoming veterans for a traditional style family Thanksgiving and hope to offer that again some day but for now, they adapted to the times like everyone else.
"We still wanted to make sure that they didn't go hungry and they didn't go without the feeling of Thanksgiving and what surrounds the holidays so we developed a system to do a touch free curbside pickup and delivery," said Gidley.
About 150 meals were handed out by the museum volunteers.
The generosity from the Northland never stops and this year especially, it showed and will be forever appreciated and remembered.
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