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Local church and restaurant deliver Thanksgiving dinners to people's doorsteps


WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Hundreds of people in central Wisconsin kicked-off their Thanksgiving by delivering turkey dinners throughout the Wausau area.

First Presbyterian Church in Wausau hosted a meal delivery Thanksgiving morning. Volunteers say they wanted to make sure as many people as possible could celebrate the holiday with a traditional meal.

Caitlin Leininger and her family have been volunteering to deliver meals for 8 years. She says her young children have been going on Thanksgiving deliveries most of their lives.

Leininger says volunteering on Thanksgiving is a great way to, "show the children that it's not all about them and there are people who need some help."

Her children say they love delivering meals.

"It makes me feel happy because I'm making other people feel happy," said Landyn Leininger, Caitlin's 8-year-old son.

A local rrestaurantalso wanted to make sure people could have a free Thanksgiving meal if they needed it.

The head chef at Rivalz Restaurant in Rib Mountain decided to host a free dine-in Thanksgiving dinner for the first time.

"We were gonna do it from 2-5 [p.m.] here and hold it in our banquet room," explained Madelinn Gleason, a Rivalz Restaurant manager. "But we we were having troubles finding transportation."

Chef Hoh said he wasn't going to let transportation get in the way of Thanksgiving. He decided to make meal deliveries.

Chef Hoh went to work early Thanksgiving morning and cooked up a turkey dinner for people at the Wausau Women's Community and Warming Shelter. He said his meals would feed more than fifty people.

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