Volunteers Serve Up Thanksgiving Buffet at DECC

Baihly Warfield
November 23, 2017 10:47 PM

The Thanksgiving buffet at the DECC is going 28 years strong, and there was a line of folks waiting to get in as soon as the doors opened at 11 a.m. Thursday. 

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Volunteers always go through an impressive amount of food. 

"We went through 400 loaves of bread for our stuffing," organizer Monica Hendrickson said. "So we had people drying the bread, cutting the bread. We try to make everything from scratch."

Hendrickson said they made 2,600 pounds of turkey and used almost 1,900 pounds of potatoes. Making food for about 6,000 people from scratch takes a lot of helping hands. 

"Recruiting volunteers is probably the easiest part of what we do," Hendrickson said. 

It was Cody Privette's first time volunteering. He was pouring gravy over the mashed potatoes, stuffing and turkey on each plate. 

"All the spots filled up right away, so we couldn't get in," Privette said. "And then we got a notification there were some spots open, so we signed up right away."

He said he was impressed by how many people were there. 

"We got a nice family to go home too and have dinner with, and not everybody does," Privette said. "So I thought it would be a good thing to give back."

Andy Delosier of Superior appreciates that. He sometimes drives to the Twin Cities, where his sister lives, but decided not to this year. 

"I don't want to cook for myself," Delosier. "I'm thankful for all my friends and for the help that I get."

Even having helped put it together the last four years, Hendrickson said it doesn't get old. 

"The thing I'm most thankful for is probably our committee and our core group of volunteers," she said. "It just amazes me the amount of time and energy that people put into this event."


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