Community works to give 'Love for Thanksgiving'

Many volunteers at the Northminster Presbyterian Church, including McKenzie Dalrymple, left, Donna Metz, right, Rob Dalrymple, back left, Bonnie Abel, center, and Libby Carson, back right, prepare hundreds of pounds of potatoes for Thursday's Thanksgiving Day meal for thousands around the area.

Thousands of people across Bakersfield worked tirelessly in the days building up to Thanksgiving to ensure needy families would have the opportunity to enjoy a feast in the comfort of their own homes.

“Love for Thanksgiving” began eight years ago as a small group helping less than 20 families have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

But since its inaugural year, the charitable effort has exponentially grown. Between 3,400 and 3,500 families will receive meals this year, volunteer Amy Rader said. 

“I've been involved since the first year and this

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