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DeWitt neighborhood comes together to bring Thanksgiving to local family in need

Posted: 7:31 AM, Nov 22, 2017
Updated: 2017-11-22 15:44:45Z

We're going to see a lot of examples of Mid-Michigan's generosity over the next several weeks during the holiday season.

It doesn't always take a big organization to bring meals to families.
A local neighborhood came together within hours to bring thanksgiving to a family in need.

Stephanie Sanchez heard that a Lansing family of six wasn't going to be able to afford a thanksgiving meal this year. She decided to post on her neighborhood's Facebook page asking for donations.

"So I just thought you know..Lets see if we can get some donations going on", said Sanchez.

The Lakeside Preserve neighborhood in DeWitt responded quickly. Within 20 hours, an entire Thanksgiving meal, plus extra food and utensils, were dropped off at Stephanie's doorstep ready to be given to the family.

One neighbor was even willing to give the turkey he had ready for his family's thanksgiving. He realized it wasn't big enough to feed six people, so he went out and bought a brand new one.

"Everyone just started dropping off food and a great big frozen turkey..and plates..and forks..just everything a family could want for thanksgiving", said Sanchez.

Neighbors say they didn't have to think twice about helping out after seeing the Facebook post.

"I love that the little things like this pop up that we can all participate in..because it is such an easy way to give back", said Lakeside Preserve resident, Emily Biggs.

The family who received the items have asked to stay anonymous...but say they're overwhelmed with the kindness of the neighborhood.

Stephanie is proud to be apart of such a giving community and happy they get to provide a family with a thanksgiving feast this year.

"You know we haven't lived in the neighborhood very long..and just knowing their kindness and how much they care..and umm just willingness..just so quickly..giving so much out of kindness and being grateful", said Sanchez.

If you're looking for a place to eat on Thanksgiving there are several community dinners happening around Mid-Michigan.

CITY RESCUE MISSION OF LANSING
607 East Michigan Avenue 
Lansing, MI 48912
Thanksgiving lunch sign up 11am-11:55am 
Thanksgiving dinner sign up 6:30pm-7pm

CRISTO REY COMMUNITY CENTER
1717 North High Street 
Lansing, MI 48906
November 23, 2017 12noon-2pm

SOCIETY OF SAINT VINCENT DE PAULSOCIETY OF SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL - SAINT GERARD
4437 West Willow Highway 
Lansing, MI 48917
November 23, 2017 10:30am-12noon

COMPASSIONATE MINISTRIES OF JACKSON COUNTY
3905 Clinton Road 
Jackson, MI 49201
Thanksgiving Day, 12noon-3pm, First Church of the Nazarene

COTTAGE INN
512 East William 
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 
Thursday, November 23, 2017 from 10am-1pm

VINEYARD CHURCH
2275 Platt Road 
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Thanksgiving Day 11am-5pm

SAINT PHILIP CATHOLIC CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
20 Cherry Street 
Battle Creek, MI 49017
Thanksgiving morning from 8am-10:30am