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Opelousas group hosts Thanksgiving Dinner for less fortunate citizens

About 300 plates were served to those in need of a meal.
Posted at 7:03 PM, Nov 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-28 20:03:41-05

OPELOUSAS, La. — Many people spend Thanksgiving with friends and family, but for some there is no family and no place to call home.

"I'm homeless here in Opelousas, yes," said Kimberly Ardoin. "I sleep on the street actually. Yeah, I sleep on the street."

She's not alone this Thanksgiving, all thanks to the Opelousas Thanks-Giving Committee.

One of the groups leaders, Opelousas Mayor Julius Alsandor explains, "this committee, which was founded about four years ago, came together to bring people together on Thanksgiving Day, families, also and create new relationships and friendships and to come and have a meal and let them know that there are people out there that cares about them."

Around 30 volunteers showed up Thursday morning to prepare enough food for 350 people, all of which was donated by businesses in the community.

For Kimberly, the kindness of the community helps her to have hope that things will get better for her.

"I'm very very grateful, you know even the little small blessings turn out to be great big ones because sometimes I would go four days with out eating, just some water," she said.

This was the committee's fourth annual Thanksgiving Day Celebration.