Holiday Helpers | Thanksgiving Volunteers Gordon McKernan | Baton Rouge, Louisiana
While many of us were at home this past Thanksgiving, enjoying good food and the company of our family and friends, Gordon McKernan spent his Thanksgiving day, doing what he has done for many years. He and his family volunteered to be with Holiday Helpers and were at the River Center in Baton Rouge, helping serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to the less fortunate.
Major Reginald Brown, Sr. along with his family, who started the Holiday Helpers program 25 years ago, indicated that this year, over 1,500 hungry people packed the River Center for the Thanksgiving feast. The struggling economy may have been responsible for bringing in a lot of new faces to take advantage of the traditional meal provided by Holiday Helpers.
Gordon McKernan said, “There is always plenty of work to do when putting on an event of this size. Volunteers work hard doing everything from setting up tables, cooking, serving and cleaning up afterwards. I cannot put into words how blessed I am to be able to do this every year. I realize that if it was not for this program, many of these people here today would not have the means to enjoy what many people take for granted – a delicious, traditional Thanksgiving meal.”
The annual meal is funded by donations, and Regional Brown, Sr. is thankful for all the volunteers and sponsors that make this meal possible every year for Holiday Helpers, Inc.