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Free Thanksgiving feast for Racine's less fortunate

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Free Thanksgiving feast for Racine's less fortunate

CREATED Nov. 24, 2011

RACINE - Thanksgiving is so much about family and friends, but if you are alone or can't afford a feast at home, there's a place to get a great meal for free, thanks to two men in Racine.

Two local businessmen have organized a feast to help 2,000 people on Thanksgiving Day, the second "Community Thanksgiving Feast."

It's scheduled for 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Festival Hall on 5th Street in racine.

Dan Johnson of Danny's Meats and Catering and Ray Stibeck of KZ Heating and Air put the festival together.

"It's for anybody," said Stibeck 

"People don't feel appropriate, (thinking), 'There's other people that need more than us.'  There's different extraneous circumstances for everyone.  You don't have to be homeless or poor.  It could be struggling.  You just lost your job.  It could be tough times, or have no family or friends, or very few, and you want to bring your family to be around others and take in what Thanksgiving is really all about."

Individuals sponsored tables so that people could receive the free meal.

475 volunteers are involved in the project that costs a little less than $10,000.

Leftovers have been slated to head to local charities.

In 2010, the event served 760 people.