Families and friends gather for CASY’s annual Thanksgiving dinner

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — With Thanksgiving just around the corner, not all families are able to enjoy a dinner. Volunteers and staff with Chances and Services for Youth were able to fill that need by preparing over 250 meals Tuesday night.

Since 2008 CASY has been hosting an annual Thanksgiving dinner with the help of J. Ford’s Black Angus.
Since then CASY has served more than 8,000 children and families. CEO Brandon Halleck said their Thanksgiving dinners are open to the public to help families during the holidays.

“It’s just heart warming to be able to provide this to those in need. Everybody could use a hot warm meal during the holidays. Some might not be getting one this Thanksgiving,” Halleck said.

Volunteers and staff worked together to prepare for the meals. Renee and Chad Zigler were there volunteering for the first time and said it’s something they’ve always wanted to do for those in need.

“Just to be able to give back to folks who maybe don’t have as much and a lot of time we take for granted what we have,” Chad said.

Due to the pandemic some families have not been able to gather for the holidays until this coming year.

“Being isolated, a lot of people aren’t having that community interaction and this being open means a tremendous amount to me,” Renee said.

CASY serves children and families every single day of the year, with this just being one of many ways this local organization gives back to the community.

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