Volunteers reflect on 30 Years of TurkeyFest – Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska 2021-11-26 06:50:37 –

Omaha, Nebraska (KMTV) —This year’s Thanksgiving also means offering a 30-year supper to the elderly in need.

Approximately 1,200 dinners are brought to the elderly, many of whom are closed. There was a drive-through distribution system that ran out of food from the Kroc Center’s kitchen to volunteer the driver’s car that delivered the food.

This year, more than 100 volunteers worked, including Douglas Thoms, who has volunteered for 28 years at Telephone Pioneers.

“I enjoy helping people who can’t have dinner during Christmas or Thanksgiving time. It helps me help them. It’s one helping others,” Toms says. I did.

Thoms admits that food preparation has become easier over the years, but one remains the same.

“Friendship, people who come here for volunteers don’t think it’s because someone was forced to come in. We come in because we have that friendship. Most of us are 20-30. We’ve been working together for years, “said Toms.

Toms gave both time and resources to give back, but he still acknowledges volunteering for what made him better as a person.

“So many people are worried about this organization themselves … we are worried about all the people we can help. So it’s not me, me, me. It’s not. We, we, we, “said Toms.

This is a feeling shared by lead chef Kevin Newlin, who has led Turkey Fest for 12 years.

“It’s good to be kind and serve meals because we really don’t know what people are experiencing,” Newlin said.

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