"Giving Thanks" helps those in need receive traditional Thanksgiving dinner

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Seven local food pantries, Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies, The Salvation Army and the community helped provide the food for Giving Thanks.The goal of the event is to give those in need a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

The food pantries involved include: Joshua's Storehouse, Holy Cross Center, Restoration Food Pantry, Casper Faith Helping Hands Food Pantry, Mountain View Food Pantry, Nazarene Manna Food Pantry and First Christian Church.

This is the 5th year the Giving Thanks event has been held and over 1200 people from the Casper community registered.

"I feel honored and humbled to be a part of something as dynamic as sharing with our community. Being together with these other agencies, it's just a humbling experience to know that it's honoring people," Barbara Walters, Casper Faith Helping Hands Community Services director, said.

The preparation for Giving Thanks begins months in advance and Walters said it's a long process and a lot of work but the reward is awesome.

Volunteers come from organizations around Casper to help with the food distribution.

"Even if it's the smallest bit of help, you know it's appreciated. We all come together as a team and that's what it takes," Pearl Hanes, a volunteer, said.

Giving Thanks had as many as 1800 people register in previous years and hopes to continue growing.