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Families come together for Community Thanksgiving Dinner in Paso Robles

Posted at 8:40 PM, Nov 22, 2018

Hundreds of people were treated to a Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings in Paso Robles.

Thanksgiving for Paso Robles is now in its 34th year. It was held at Centennial Park Activity Center.

It’s all organized by volunteers who donate their time to make this holiday special for the community.

For some guests, it’s a tradition.

“I’m really grateful,” said Craig Robnett. “Each time we sit with different people. We get to meet folks from around the community and it’s a blessing to be able to meet other people.”

Robnett and his mom enjoy this meal year after year.

“We always come here because they do such a wonderful job. It’s a blessing to be able to see this.”

For other guests like Joe Bauske it’s also a tradition he looks forward to.

“Good food and seeing new people every time I come here,” Bauske said.

Some are grateful they’re able to spend the holiday with others by their side.

“I’m just single so I don’t cook so that’s why I come here,” said Craig Crawford.

“I don’t have any family close-by so my friend of mine recommended – come by – enjoy a little fellowship,” explained Bruce Eddy.

With so much to choose from, the food was a hit.

“Delicious, it’s very good,” said Trent Kastman.

Volunteers, many who have been doing it for years, served the sit-down meal.

“My siblings and I all just grew up coming to Thanksgiving for Paso, like this is our Thanksgiving,” said Volunteer, Laura Kudija.

Other volunteers helped with the seating.

“I enjoy doing this,” said Anthony Reed. “I look forward to it and so it’s just a good thing and it warms my heart.”

On this day of thanks, many shared what they are thankful for.

“I’m thankful for life,” Crawford said.

“My family. I got a wonderful family,” Robnett said.

Around 600 people were served in all, leaving everyone grateful.

“It means a lot to my family and I to be able to volunteer and give back to others because we are so fortunate,” said Jennifer Bravo.

All the food was paid for through donations.

Around 250 volunteers helped cook the food over the past four days.

500 more meals were delivered to homes.