Many Wichitans celebrated Thanksgiving early at the YMCA 41st Annual We Care Dinner today at the Downtown YMCA on North Market.
Volunteers have worked all week to prepare for the city’s biggest Thanksgiving dinner.
It provides a warm, hot meal to kids and adults who may not otherwise receive a Thanksgiving meal tomorrow.
Not only does does it bring area families together, but also various community organizations — such as The Lord’s Diner.
Guests feasted on turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and all the fixins’. Each guest will also receive a warm coat and other winter items.
Organizers said this is an important community event for those in need to receive what some people might take for granted.
“Hopefully make their Thanksgiving a little better and also with the coats and the warm winter items make their winter a little more comfortable,” said Becky Tuttle, from The Greater Wichita YMCA.
Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay was in attendance. He said the dinner is an event that is needed in the community.
“It’s just wonderful that people come together and really help people out. We’re in a cold time of year. Seeing people getting warm coats will be helpful. It’s heartwarming,” he said.