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Published November 25, 2010, 06:32 PM

A Turkey Dinner For Those Who Need It Most

One Grand Forks family is spending their Thanksgiving helping those in need, as the Northlands Rescue Mission holds it's annual Turkey Dinner. For the Crafton family, a little caring goes a long way.

One Grand Forks family is spending their Thanksgiving helping those in need, as the Northlands Rescue Mission holds it's annual Turkey Dinner.

For the Crafton family, a little caring goes a long way.

"People enjoy the idea of reaching out and especially this time of year, you know it makes it kind of special," Mission Board member Judd McKinnon said.

More than 50 volunteers showed up on Thanksgiving to scoop, pour and serve up a Thanksgiving meal.

"We did this last year for the first time and you know we're originally from the East Coast so we don't have a lot of family in the area," volunteer Chris Crafton said.

Crafton and his family have only lived in Grand Forks for a little over two years. When the Northlands Rescue Mission needs some helping hands, they are ready.

"We just took two meals out to some disabled that were unable to get out of their house of course and just those less fortunate than we are and we're just happy to give back to the community and get involved," Crafton said.

These volunteers say they receive just as much as they give.

"Just very appreciative. Last year we even got a little bit of donations, anything they wanted to give us. Just a simple thank you is enough for bringing them the meal and my kids enjoy it. Just a great time," Crafton said.

With walk-ins and deliveries, the mission serves hundreds of people over the course of the day.

"You know a lot of good things happen because of things like this, you know it kind of resonates through the whole thing. So it really makes it fun for everybody," McKinnon said.

The mission goes through 100 pounds of potatoes, 70 turkeys and around 25 pounds of cranberry sauce.

Organizers say the are going through more this year because of a higher number of residents.

The meal was held at the Northlands Rescue Mission because of bad weather from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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