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Annual Rupert Thanksgiving Dinner Is A Big Hit!

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By Joey Martin

Rupert, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) For over a decade... residents in Rupert have enjoyed a bountiful thanksgiving dinner inside the Rupert Elks Lodge.

Joey Martin for Idaho's First News stopped by this afternoon and spoke with a few satisfied turkey lovers.

The annual Rupert Thanksgiving Dinner is a tradition that area residents look forward to every year.

"This is a community get–together. We have some that's been here since 11:30 this morning... they'll still be here at 4 o'clock this afternoon. They go from table to table... it's a chance to visit, sometime they don't see anyone for a whole year... and this is where they come to see."
Said Betty Martin, Dinner Organizer.

Betty martin, Organizer of today's dinner says Thanksgiving is the time of the year to be thankful...

And asked what they’re thankful for this year.

"I'm thankful that I get to see all these new people and I get to spend time with my family."
Said local resident, Laramie.

"Beautiful people has kind hearts the can help people... help them get food so they wouldn't go without something for thanksgiving... I'm really thankful for that."
Said resident Cory Warren.

For residents like Don Pats, dinners like today's go far above and beyond what's called for.

"It's a wonderful thing to able to come out into the community. Some people can't afford to have a turkey but they come out here and if they can afford to contribute something they do... if they can't afford it, it's free."
Said Dot Pats.

Today's menu featured... Of course your traditional turkey along with stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and dessert.

So what's the verdict on the taste?
"Fantabulos! Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious... finger licking good!"
Said Pats.

Annually the dinner feeds roughly 500 individuals.

That's not even counting the number of dinners being delivered.

"So far I think they've delivered 200 this morning. They'll keep coming In, we told them to stop calling by 10... but we keep getting calls."
Said Martin.

A very Happy Thanksgiving for hundreds of satisfied resident in the Mini–Cassia area.

Over 75 turkeys were donated for today thanksgiving dinner.

Usually there aren't leftovers from this annual feast.

But if there is, they will be donated to many notable charities across the area.



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