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School Thanksgiving feast helps feed nearly 1,000

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In the northwest part of the valley, hundreds of volunteers came together at Cimarron-Memorial High School to help provide a Thanksgiving dinner to people in need. With the economy still on the mend, some families couldn't afford a Thanksgiving meal of their own this year.

Volunteers from more than 30 schools in the Clark County School District participated. Many of them were school children who are thankful for what they have and wanted to help those less fortunate. For those who were served a warm meal, it was all they needed to know they're not alone.

"I have no family here," said Kerry Patton, who is unemployed. "I'm just trying to maintain so my baby won't feel the pain I feel that I'm not able to give him the stuff that he wants or desires."

Patton has had a rough year. The single mother has struggled to find a job and pay the bills. This year, she wasn't able to afford Thanksgiving fixings for her and her son.

"When I woke up, I saw her crying," said 10-year-old Omarion Davis. "I asked her what was wrong and it's just that she has a hard time."

This family was able to forget their worries for a day. It was thanks to Cimarron-Memorial High School's annual Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless.

"We are very thankful to have great jobs," said Principal Joseph Caruso. "We are very thankful to be a part of their lives. We want them to know that they are 100 percent a part of our family."

Caruso said his school hosted the event to make sure no family spends Thanksgiving alone. Volunteers served up 40 turkey roasts, 195 boxes of stuffing, cases and cases of mashed potatoes and gravy.

"It's not that great to just think about yourself," said student Philip Reynoso. "There's lots of other people that think about you."

As for Patton, she calls it more than perfect timing but a blessing.

"It just feels so warm," said Patton. "It makes you feel like you are with family. Next year if I'm in a better predicament I can volunteer and give back. Hopefully next year I can be on the opposite end."

Along with arts and crafts and bingo for children, there was a special appearance from Santa Claus. Families were also able to take a picture with Santa and take that picture home with them as a keepsake.

Several churches helped donate time, food and money. The Clark County School District also provided transportation for families who needed it.

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