LUBBOCK, TX - On Thursday morning, volunteers with Operation Turkey will serve up hundreds of Thanksgiving meals for Lubbock's homeless.
Operation Turkey is a completely volunteer-driven organization that delivers free Thanksgiving meals to community members in need across six states, and 17 cities.
Lubbock is just one of seven Texas cities that participate in the annual effort. Last year overall, the group was able to serve up 40,000 meals. This Thanksgiving, they hope to beat that goal and serve 50,000 meals.
Each year, the effort calls on volunteers of all ages to help cook and deliver the meals, as well as assemble care packages for the homeless.
Nick Simmons, lead coordinator for Operation Turkey- Lubbock, shared his favorite part about the event is getting to see volunteers from all walks of life get to spend their day supporting fellow community members.
"It's that sense of family, that sense of somebody cares about you, especially this time of year," said Simmons. "This just provides another avenue for those people to make sure they're included in this community and that's what this is about, building up the community and making sure the community takes care of each other."
Simmons said there will be two opportunities for people in Lubbock to get involved, both Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
On Wednesday night, volunteers can meet at the 50 Yard Line Steakhouse at 6 p.m. to shred the turkey.
On Thursday morning, volunteers can begin meeting up at the restaurant at 7:45 a.m. for meal preparation and delivery responsibilities. The 50 Yard Line Steakhouse is located at 2549 S Loop 289. Volunteering on Thursday morning is expected to wrap up around 12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.
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