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Sterling prepares for community Thanksgiving

STERLING, Kansas - Volunteers in Sterling are coming together to prepare the big turkey feast for the entire community.
"We have people come in, and it's like a family reunion," said Paul Bingle, volunteer. "They gather here and sit and visit and eat, and have a big time, so it's a true community deal."
The Thanksgiving Day community dinner was originally started 35 years ago for students at Sterling College who didn't go home over break, but now it's expanded with hundreds of people from all over the community joining in.
"It's really positive. I mean when you talk to the people out there eating, they're enjoying the food," said Patrick Tripp, volunteer.  "They're enjoying the fellowship out there with other people. It's more of a family atmosphere."
More than 60 volunteers help out each year to feed more than 500 people a home-cooked meal that includes sides and desserts. 
"Oh, it's wonderful, and I can say that cause I don't do any cooking, I just eat," said Carol Bingle, volunteer. "It's very very good, and we usually have a lot of food and so nobody goes away hungry that we know of."
Volunteers also make take out meals, making sure that those who can't get out for the holidays will have a home cooked meal. 
"Seeing the smiles on people when they come in and their being served, to me I think that's the best part," said Tripp.
The meal is free for all.  It starts at 11 a.m. In the Sterling College cafeteria on Thanksgiving.
Donations are accepted at the meal to give to the local food bank.


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