Teens volunteer to prepare Thanksgiving meal

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Posted: Nov 23, 2011 5:21 PM by Olivia LaBorde
Updated: Nov 23, 2011 5:21 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: river center, holiday helpers, meal, thanksgiving

BATON ROUGE - Giving time to help others is an important Thanksgiving tradition, and that tradition is put into practice helping hundreds of hungry people each year at the Holiday Helper's annual meal.

Executive Chef Graham Smith explains,"Every year from kids, to adults come and help."

The Holiday Helpers organizations is cooking up a free Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings.

One of volunteers is 15-year-old Quentin Francis. He says, "We're making candied yams, green beans,and turkey.

Francis is part of teen court, the volunteer diversion for Baton Rouge kids who commit minor offenses.

Francis says , "I wanted to give to the community and help people that don't have what we have."

These kids may have made mistakes in the past. But Chef Smith tells me these are some of the best sous chefs he's ever had.

He says, "They do it because they like to give back to the community."

The teens helped make about 60 turkeys, 100lbs of cornbread dressing and 40 hams.

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