Thanksgiving Dinner Served to Thousands at Charity

LAS VEGAS -- In the spirit of giving, Catholic Charities cooked up a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of homeless and disadvantaged families at the St. Vincent Lied dining hall at 1502 N. Main St.

Thanksgiving is traditionally the busiest day of the year for the charity.

Thursday morning, the organization cooked 1,000 pounds of turkey and 750 pounds of mashed potatoes for the less fortunate.

"I think it's a beautiful meal," said Christopher Padilla, who dined at the hall on Thanksgiving.

Diners walk in and sit down to be served a full Thanksgiving meal. Pat Falvey of Catholic Charities said volunteers help prepared enough food to serve more than 2, 000 people.

"It's a wonderful feeling," Falvey said. "We get more hugs today than we get on any other day of the year."

Falvey said the number of people who need help during the holiday season has increased throughout the years, but thanks to the community, donations and volunteers are also up.

Volunteers Selva and Mike Montoya said giving back has become a Thanksgiving tradition.

"It makes me feel happy because they get a smile on their face, too," Mike Montoya said.

For many in the dining hall, the holiday would be completely different if not for the meal. Many said they were grateful for a free dinner, served up with a lot of love.

"Thank the Lord," said Mark, who was eating his Thanksgiving dinner at the hall.

Last Saturday, Catholic Charities also distributed more than 3,400 turkeys and the trimmings to families in need.


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