Note: Thanks to Paige Clincy, Residence Case Manager, West Cook YMCA, for sending in the following article and pictures
The traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the West Cook YMCA was held, as always, on Thanksgiving day. Each year, volunteer and staff work to provide a place for the community to gather and give thanks. This year the tradition continued with a successful Thanksgiving dinner serving event.
The event is held right on one of the gymnasium floors, underneath the basketball hoops. Here over 60 community members and guests gathered to enjoy a full Thanksgiving meal that included greens, vegetables, mashed potatoes, yams, macaroni and cheese, turkey with stuffing and gravy, and rolls plus an array of desserts.
20 volunteers and staff from Food for Friends and West Cook YMCA did more than serve the meal, they provided a warm and welcoming place for those that had nowhere to go for Thanksgiving. The volunteers love this serving event and tell us they find it extremely rewarding as a way to give back to the community. In fact a number of our volunteers have made this event a part of their Thanksgiving tradition, serving with their family members.
Many of the community members stayed longer than their meal time enjoying the companionship and conversation around the tables. A few community members even took advantage of the walking track above the gymnasium to walk a few calories off after the meal!
Check out more pictures from this event at the photo album on our Facebook page.