ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – While many are home with family for the holiday, others are volunteering their time to make sure people in need do not go without on Thursday.
KRQE News 13 saw hundreds of volunteers taking part in their Thanksgiving tradition, donating their food and their time in Albuquerque.
Sara Fordice with Operation Turkey told KRQE News 13 that she’s preparing Thanksgiving meals for those in need in honor of her father.
“It’s my dad’s legacy and hopefully, as long as I’m alive, my dad’s legacy can live,” Fordice said.
She said 300 volunteers working in the kitchen at P.F. Chang’s helped distribute 52 turkeys, side dishes and dessert.
“Controlled chaos,” an organizer called it.
The meals were boxed up. Then, hundreds were donated to St. Martin’s Hospitality Center downtown while others doled out directly to people on the street.
Thomas Mull gave thanks to volunteers at Lindy’s Diner in downtown Albuquerque.
“I think they’re going to get blessed because they’re blessing other people,” he said. “That’s how it works. That’s just how it works.”
They didn’t just offer free turkey dinners.
“It’s a good atmosphere, and it makes you feel like it is a holiday,” Mull said.
Lindy’s also wanted to provide a real dining experience with servers and restaurant-quality food.
“We want to make sure it’s like what we would eat at our houses because they are friends and family,” said David Broshious of Sysco, who volunteered Thursday afternoon at Lindy’s.
He greeted people on their way in and called out to people from across the street to make sure passersby knew they were welcome as well.
“We got a free dinner here, guy, if you’re hungry,” Broshious shouted to someone walking by.
Roadrunner Food Bank has also been busy over the last few weeks.
It gave out a record amount of food in one day last week, nearly 165,000 pounds.
That is 30,000 more than the food bank’s daily average.