BATON ROUGE, La (BPROUD) – St. Vincent de Paul’s volunteers passed out Thanksgiving meals to make the community’s holiday a little brighter.
For roughly 17-years, St. Vincent de Paul’s Diningroom Director Denise Terrance has been serving her community on Thanksgiving.
“It is such a joy to know that what you are doing as a person makes a difference in somebody else’s life,” Terrance said.
Two thousand boxes of turkey, stuffing, green beans and all the holiday classics take nearly a week to prep.
“For us to cook and feed the people that are in need or just don’t want to be home alone it’s a wonderful feeling,” Terrance said.
For many volunteers, this is an opportunity to be with a different kind of family.
“Our group is like a family, it’s just like one big family, and the people we are serving today they are our families too,” said Volunteer Clyde Wyatt.
The Thanksgiving feasts were passed out at St. Vincent de Paul’s dining room located at 220 St. Vincent de Paul Place in Baton Rouge and the Raising Canes River Center. Both locations had limited seating, a drive-thru, and pick-up options.
“We purposely set very limited seating because we wanted walk-thru to a minimum just because of the safety we are still in the COVID,” said Michael Acaldo, CEO St. Vincent de Paul Baton Rouge.
Terrance said she is thankful for all of the donations that help keep this Thanksgiving tradition alive.
Denise Terrance, Dining Room director St. Vincent De Paul
“It has been a very hard time for everybody during this COVID season but we know that you were blessed and you blessed so we asked God to continue to bless you.”