Volunteers prepare for the 29th Annual Community Thanksgiving Feast at Howard Payne University

BROWNWOOD, Texas - The meal includes turkey with all the trimmings at no cost.

Paulette Henderson has been cooking for the Community Thanksgiving Feast since it first started 29 years ago.

Wednesday, she made 72 pans of cornbread dressing and loves doing this each year for the community.

"There's a joy to see the people that come out each year. There's a lot of people that come out," said Henderson.

Michael Williams has been involved for seven years, and is always in charge of one thing.

"I'm usually the turkey guy. I slice all the turkeys, so I have fun slicing all the turkeys. We have about 65 turkeys this year," said Williams.

But that's not all the food.

The chef and cooks at Howard Payne University have made 90 pumpkin pies, using 75 pounds of sugar.

Don Green has been volunteering for the Community Feast for 11 years, and even though the food is great, said he is most thankful for the volunteers who return each and every year.

"I know the people that will be at this line, and I know who's going to do gravy and cranberry sauce over here. I know who's going to do pies over here. They've been here for ten years and they come back every year so faithfully to help people in town who need a good meal for Thanksgiving day," said Green.

Green expects Mabee Center to be filled with 800 people Thursday, and said there will be about 1,300 carry out meals.

The meal is located in Mabee University Center on HPU's campus.

Doors are open from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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