First community Thanksgiving dinner in the books for the city of Opelousas

OPELOUSAS, La (KLFY) – In St. Landry Parish, several people turned out for a first of its kind community Thanksgiving dinner in the city of Opelousas.

Eat, fellowship, and give thanks was the purpose for this community-wide Thanksgiving dinner put on by a special committee who plans to carry on this tradition.

More than 100 people turned out for a nice, hot meal at South Street Elementary.

“It’s so awesome to know that they feeding the people,” said attendee, John Joubert.

A Thanksgiving committee formed just a couple months ago, made up of city leaders and citizens, made this event possible.

“We plan to feed 300 people today. I wanted to be able to bring the people within the community at one location to where everybody can get together and just meet and greet and really enjoy themselves,” said organizer, Joe Effingger.

Effingger is responsible for bringing the forth the idea to carry out a dinner of this kind and says this is just the beginning.

“This has been a dream. It started about 7 years ago where myself and my daughter would just go out on the holidays and just pass out plates to some of the individuals that were less fortunate, and this year I wanted to take it a little bit further,” said Effingger.

Those less fortunate say they couldn’t be more thankful to not only receive an unexpected meal, but to also be able to fellowship with others.

“Thank them for putting this together for the people that don’t have food and really needs it,” said Joshua Savoy. “Thank God for everything that Opelousas do for us.”

“Thankful for having people like this to have people a place to go to have a good meal and I’m just happy to be here and Happy Thanksgiving,” said Robert Smithey.

A joyous time for not just the attendees, but the organizers and volunteers as well as they made sure no one went hungry this holiday.

The committee says they plan to expand this event each year to come.

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