Green Bay Animal Shelter serves free Thanksgiving meals to over 200 northeast Wisconsinites

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (NBC 26) – Whether with turkey, mashed potatoes or pumpkin pie, locals like Kris Olson work to ensure that everyone gets a plate during the holidays.

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“Nobody is going to go here without a full stomach, that’s for sure,” said Olson.

On Thanksgiving Day, the New Community Shelter in Green Bay provided a complimentary turkey lunch and dinner to hundreds of northeast Wisconsinians.

“We are able to serve everyone in need in our community and it’s worth it,” said Olson, a director of the shelter.

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Whether with turkey, mashed potatoes or pumpkin pie, locals like Kris Olson ensure that everyone has a plate during the holidays.

Volunteers provided food to over 200 people before the night was over.

“The numbers are up a little now,” said Olson. “When people got the stimulus checks it went back a little. But they’re starting to go up again.”

On Thanksgiving, helpers like Kathy Orlowski were there to carry the burden.

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Volunteers provided food to over 200 people before the night was over.

“When you look at this room, you look at all the different people who are putting their time and talents …

Although it’s a public holiday, she says there are many northeastern Wisconsinites with no table to sit at.

“There are people who love the holidays and I think there are people who find the holidays difficult, people who may be alone, people who may not have a lot of families,” Orlowski said.

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But with enough turkey to run around, the New Community Shelter is a home that invited everyone to Thanksgiving.

But with enough turkey to run around, the New Community Shelter is a home that invited everyone to Thanksgiving.

“It just brings a sense of togetherness and that’s what the vacation is all about,” Orlowski said.

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