Brainerd Organizations Come Together To Provide Thanksgiving Dinner


30 MINUTES BEFORE SCHEDULE TO ENSURE EVERYONE COULD BE FED.>>>THANKSGIVING IS A HOLIDAY MEANT FOR GIVING THANKS AND SPENDING TIME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS. UNFORTUNATELY, SOME PEOPLE DON’T GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE AROUND LOVED ONES FOR THIS HOLIDAY. HOWEVER, AS CHAZ MOOTZ TELLS US, THE BRAINERD AMERICAN LEGION AND OTHER LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS MADE SURE NO ONE ATE ALONE FOR THANKSGIVING THIS YEAR.>>Reporter: GOOD FOOD AND GOOD FELLOWSHIP ARE TWO CONSTANTS FOR THANKSGIVING. HOWEVER, NOT EVERYONE IS FORTUNATE TO SPEND TIME WITH THEIR LOVED ONES OVER THE HOLIDAYS. THAT’S WHERE THE BRAINERD AMERICAN LEGION COMES IN, BY HOSTING A THANKSGIVING DAY MEAL>>IT WAS ORIGINALLY HELD BY THE MOOSE I BELIEVE. THEN IT JUST KIND OF WENT ON ABOUT EVER THE MOOSE SHUT DOWN, IT CAME HERE AND GOT BIGGER AND BIGGER EVERY YEAR>>Reporter: MORE THAN 150 MEALS WERE SERVED. BEFORE ANY MEALS WERE CONSUMED, ADDITIONAL MEALS WERE DELIVERED BY LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS.>>MANY YEARS AGO WE WERE STRUGGLING TO DELIVER MEALS IN THE COMMUNITY. FOR SOME REASON, ONE MORNING A LIGHT CAME ON AND I SAID I THINK I CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN. I ASKED THE BRAINERD FIRE DEPARTMENT WHICH I WAS A MEMBER SO THAT WAS EASY. I TALKED TO THE CROW WING COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND THE BRAINERD POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE BAXTER POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THEY ALL BOUGHT INTO IT AND WE’VE BEEN DOING IT FOR MANY, MANY YEARS.>>Reporter: WHILE THE BRAINERD AMERICAN LEGION HOST THE THANKSGIVING EVENT, THEY’RE NOT THE ONLY ORGANIZATION THAT HELPS OUT.>>IT’S THE AMERICAN LEGION, THE BRAINERD ELKS, THE BRAINERD V WW>>Reporter: ONE GROUP THAT ESPECIALLY ENJOYS THE MEALS ARE THE VETERANS.>>THE SOLDIER THAT IS DON’T HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS BECAUSE THEY’RE TOO FAR AWAY, A LOT OF THEM COME HERE AND ENJOY THE CAMARADERIE LIKE YOU SAID.>>Reporter: WHILE EVERYONE HAS THEIR FAVORITE FOOD –>>I THINK I LIKE THE MASHED POTATOES. I LOVE MASHED POTATOES, THEY’RE REALLY GOOD.>>Reporter: GIVING IS WHAT IT’S REALLY ABOUT.>>MY SON IS WORKING WITH ME IN THE KITCHEN. IT’S JUST A GOOD FEELING. I LIKE TO BE BUSY AND HELP OTHER PEOPLE.>>THAT’S WHAT THANKSGIVING IS ABOUT, GIVING TO PEOPLE.>>Reporter: IN BRAINERD, CHAZ

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