Volunteers spend Thanksgiving morning cooking for others

Volunteers at Immaculate Conception prepare Thanksgiving meals Thursday morning.

Many people spend Thanksgiving morning sleeping late or watching parades on television, but some mid-Missourians spent their morning cooking Thanksgiving meals for those in need.

"We are doing just under 500 meals. Probably 350-375 will be take outs and the rest we'll be welcoming people to come in here and eat," Jeannine Schaefer, a volunteer cooking at Immaculate Conception in Jefferson City said Thursday morning.

Project organizer Cindy Schnieders said this is the fifth year she and her husband have run the Thanksgiving meal preparation and distribution. She says anyone who wanted or needed a dinner was welcome to attend or request a meal delivered.

The food came from donations from the community and the church.

"They sign up that they want to bring a large can of green beans or a large can of yams or 10 pounds of potatoes...whatever it is they feel comfortable bringing. And they drop it off at the church and then we put it all together today," Schnieders said.