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Thousands in Dallas Enjoy Early Thanksgiving

By Bill Zeeble, KERA News

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Dallas, TX – Thousands of hungry people in need celebrated Thanksgiving two weeks early at the second annual Feast of Sharing in Dallas at Fair Park. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.

From the streets and shelters like the Bridge and the Salvation Army, they arrived at Fair Park's Centennial building to eat the full turkey dinner.

Bobby Reese: This is really needed. Really, very needed.

Reese stays at the Bridge, the city's new homeless center.

Reese: Holiday season is such a bad time for me. It's wonderful they do something like this for people that are misfortunate.

1,500 pounds of turkey, 50 gallons of cranberry sauce and a lot more was donated and prepared by HEB'S Central Market and served up by hundreds of volunteers. Chris Darling, manager at Plano's Central Market, chaired this event and says he will be back every year. Last year, the Feast of Sharing served 3,000. This year, he says there is food for three times that number, partly thanks to word of mouth.

Darling: But also it's tougher economic times. So there may be a greater need out there in the country, so what a better time?

Rusty, so named for her red hair, is grateful.

Rusty: I want to tell these people in Fair Park this is a wonderful thing they've done for us. Bless them and thank them and we enjoyed every bit of it.