Northlanders Spread Thanksgiving Cheer

Northlanders come together during the Thanksgiving season, ensuring everyone has a hot meal.

DULUTH, Minn.- Nearly 5,000 meals are given out on Thanksgiving at the 28th annual Twin Ports Thanksgiving Buffet.

Preparations to feed Northlanders at the Thanksgiving feast, begin back in August. Friday volunteers brought in 2,200 pounds of turkey and nearly 1,900 pounds of mashed potatoes. The group of volunteers lending a hand, come from many different backgrounds.

“We really all just come together,” event coordinator Monica Hendrickson said. “It’s one of those times where the community truly feels like a community finally. There’s a lot of violence going on in the world and it’s a time for everyone to really sit back, relax, and enjoy each others company.”

Home-bound meals are available for delivery.

One volunteer told FOX21 her kids and husband helping out along side her every year, but its also a beloved family tradition for others.

“The family tradition part is we’re the extended family for those people we see every year,” volunteer Lisa Vogel said. “So some of our drivers actually deliver to the same people for 10 to 15 years, so it’s the family tradition, for their extended family.”

Friday is the final day for Northlanders to sign up for a home-bound delivery meal. Free transportation is provided to the event.

For more information visit Twin Ports Thanksgiving Buffet


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