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Thanksgiving dinner organizers in need of food items

Posted at 9:07 PM, Nov 18, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS – Less than a week from Thanksgiving, organizers of the Watkins Family Center Thanksgiving dinner are scrambling for donations.

Organizers hold an annual dinner where their goal is to feed at least 9,000 people by hand delivering meals.

Janet Easley, one of the organizers, has been making sweet potato pies since Halloween. She and her friends already have at least 600 of them stored in freezers across the city, but what they’re really in need of are items like turkeys, green beans and corn.

“Thanksgiving to us is just a day to make sure people eat,” said Easley.

Last year the event’s donations nearly filled an entire storage space, but this year there is lots of room to be filled.

This Thanksgiving will mark the event’s 35th year in operation, but it is the first time without its co-founders – Thelma Turner and Faith Wilson, who both died in 2015.

“The phone has been ringing but most of the people calling want dinners, so I know there is a need. They’re calling already to see if we’re doing Thanksgiving dinners," said Easley.

If you are able to donate any items to the holiday event, call (317) 709-0984 or (317) 361-5149.