CHILTON, Wis. The thanksgiving holiday is a time to spend with family and friends, but not everyone is as fortunate. That’s why hundreds of volunteers were hard at work Thursday, preparing, packaging and delivering hot turkey dinners for The 35th Annual Chilton Thanksgiving Day Express.
Gene and Jerri Abendroth deliver hot meals on Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving Express organizer, Todd Weber says this year is record breaking, with nearly 300 volunteers helping pack and deliver hot meals throughout Chilton and its surrounding communities.
"You see a lot of the same faces every year that come to not only package the meal but deliver them but this year there's a lot of new faces which is really refreshing, so yeah we're always keeping this event robust with new faces and people," said Weber.
The meals are delivered to families, individuals living alone, and people at assisted living facilities and nursing homes. This year The 35th Annual Chilton Thanksgiving Day Express will deliver 525 meals, in those 35 years combined, they exceeded 12,500 meals delivered.
Gene and Jerri Abendroth have delivered meals for more than a decade, and don't plan on stopping.
"It's nice to do it, they're always so thankful to get them, a lot of people can't get out on thanksgiving and this is a way for them to have a nice dinner," said Jerri Abendroth.
The hot meal delivery is not just any regular dinner, the delivery includes some kind words.
"The mottos of the founder is delivering a hot meal and a kind word so these individuals will take them to the residences and spend a few minutes and kind of converse with them and make their way back there is no rush or urgency we have more than enough volunteers, so it just works out really well," said Weber.
"Everybody deserves kindness, you can do kindness all year," said Jerri Abendroth.