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Local organization feeds thousands of elderly on Thanksgiving

Posted at 5:17 PM, Nov 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-28 18:17:54-05

WAUWATOSA, Wis — There’s so much hype around Thanksgiving dinner, but for some elderly members of our community cooking can be difficult, and having family over isn’t always an option. Fortunately, a group of local volunteers spent the day making a difference.

Jeffery Hansen, started Community Projects for Seniors 33 years ago. His grandfather struggled with depression and ultimately, took his own life.

“When we first started in 1986 we had three volunteers and now we’re up to 400. So, it’s so great. It’s just a wonderful thing to have all these volunteers,” Jeffery Hansen said.

Hundreds of volunteers gathered at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church prepping and packaging meals for doorstep delivery to thousands of senior citizens.

“It makes us feel very happy to see the expression on their faces because they know someone cares about them,” Hansen's wife, Colleen said.

Even with all these hard-working volunteers, the Hansens say they’re always in need of more help.

They’ll be at it again come Christmas and if you can’t lend a hand, perhaps you create one of the special place-mats given with each meal.