Thousands of turkey dinners with all the fixings are ready to be handed out to hundreds of Capital Region families in need of a meal this holiday. Our Brooke Selby is at the Empire State Plaza where volunteers are lining up to distribute all those Equinox meals.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- While many of us were fast asleep on the holiday morning, hundreds of local volunteers were preparing more than 9,000 meals as part of the 43rd annual Equinox Thanksgiving dinner.
“We came here today because we wanted to help deliver meals to those who can’t get out of their homes and have Thanksgiving meals with their families,” said Equinox volunteer Anna Wengert.
This family has turned their Thanksgiving tradition into giving back to others.
“We’ve done this a couple of years, we enjoy getting up at 6 a.m. in the morning and coming down and doing this before our Thanksgiving dinner,” said Mr. Wengert.
More than five and a half tons of turkey is prepared for the meals Equinox serves and that takes tons of prep, too.
“The food starts being cooked on Sunday, so we cooked all day Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, our final prep was last night,” said Equinox Director of Development and Community Relations, Lea Bosquez.
“I always say it’s for selfish reasons that I come here because it feels so good to help other people and I think more people should do this,” said Equinox volunteer, Lisa Clearey.
With so many volunteers already giving of their time to Sandy victims during this holiday season, one would think there would be a shortage of help.
“No matter what’s going on in this world it’s important for them to come and to do this because it’s a community dinner and a community effort,” said Boxquez.
These holiday meals are funded and staffed entirely by local volunteers, schools, organizations and businesses.
Clearey said she is “not surprised because there are so many giving people.”