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Bakersfield Homeless Center hosts annual Thanksgiving feast for homeless community

Posted at 11:50 PM, Nov 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 11:30:54-05

BAKERSFIELD,Calif. — The Bakersfield Homeless Center is it starting the holiday season with their annual pre-Thanksgiving feast to feed people in need in the community.

Kimberley Stafford and her two-year-old daughter, have been living at the Bakersfield Homeless Center since October and appreciates the resources the center offers.

"It's really awesome to know that everybody gets together and that people put their hearts out into this," Stafford said.

Stafford shares she is grateful to the community for thinking of her and the rest of the homeless community.

"It makes us feel good you know, especially since we are having such a hard time in here, to know that there are people out there that still care about you," said Stafford.

The Bakersfield Homeless Center lines could be seen heading past the gate, filled with families awaiting to enjoy a home-cooked Thanksgiving-style meal.

Families were also given take-home Thanksgiving baskets to prepare on thanksgiving, all thanks to the donations made by the community.

"Today wasn’t possible without the community stepping forward and helping make it happen," said Luis Gill, CEO Bakersfield Homeless Center. "There are people, moms with children that are happy and leaving with full tummies because you made it possible."

The center says they were expecting to serve around 500 people.

Thanks to the community donations and volunteers the center received 160 turkeys and 60 hams to serve.

"Thank you very much for feeding us today," said Stafford.

The Bakersfield Homeless Center adds they are now gearing up for their actual thanksgiving dinner that will be prepared for residents.

They also want to remind the community they are still in need of additional donations for the remainder of the holiday season.