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Folks pack River Center for holiday meal

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BATON ROUGE - 1,500 hungry folks packed the River Center Thursday morning for the Thanksgiving meal, provided by Holiday Helpers.  That's the highest number the organization has seen since it first began serving lunch in 1987.

25 years later, and the meal is still the same: turkey, ham, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, candied sweet potatoes, a roll, and for dessert: pie, ice cream or cake.

"I'm so happy to have this place to come and eat," Vernon Louviere, Jr. told News 2.

And more volunteers packed the River Center than ever this year - 500 of them.

Dana Griffith has been serving since 1999.

"Oh this is family," Griffith said.  "Up and down this table, they mean just as much as my own family."

The meal is funded every year by donations.

Folks here don't get much down time-- they will be serving again at Christmas.

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