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The air was cool and the day’s heat wearing off when an outburst of laughter came from the basement kitchen of the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church on Friday afternoon.
Volunteers with Campus Kitchen, a College of William & Mary student group, had come together to organize food donations and prepare meals for a delivery later that day.
“This is our biggest event of the year," said the head of Campus Kitchen client relations, Millan Khadka. "We get a ton of volunteers. They come here and we organize all this food and we deliver to our normal public housing neighborhoods."
The group assists low-income households in neighborhoods throughout Williamsburg with its biggest event of the year: Turkeypalooza.
The annual event, hosted in partnership with the college's Black Law Student Association, celebrates the spirit of Thanksgiving with a food drive for canned goods and turkeys. After goods are collected, they are assembled into boxes and delivered low-income families throughout Williamsburg.
In each box, volunteers place everything needed for a proper Thanksgiving dinner, said volunteer Claire Peterson, before adding “but there’s a few non-perishables in there too.”
Turkeys were donated to the group by Trader Joe's and the College of William & Mary’s Sadler Center, and donations were also made to the group by the local chapter of Circle K International.
All of the volunteers approached the day with positivity. “It’s a good way to spend the day,” said Kyle Lorey. “I’m happy to help.