Organizations bring early holiday spirit
Before families sit down to the dinner table to enjoy their Thanksgiving feasts, several local groups took part in community festivities.
Whether it was through the charity work of the Basehor Veterans of Foreign Wars food bin or a neighborhood dinner hosted by local 4-H groups recently, the spirit of the November holiday could be seen throughout the city.
The fourth year of a neighborhood dinner, sponsored by the Basehor Rustlers and Wranglers 4-H groups, proved to be the biggest yet.
On Sunday, Nov. 18, more than 170 people crowded into the gymnasium at Basehor Elementary School to feast on a Thanksgiving-style dinner served by the 4-H groups.
It was a day to show appreciation to friends and family of the 4-H, said Mary Ann Mogle, 4-H leader and parent.
"The purpose is to show our appreciation to senior citizens that support community services and the 4-H club throughout the year," she said.
Throwing the dinner was a wide-spread operation for members of the 4-H clubs. Mogle said more than 40 members helped in cooking the food, serving and cleaning up for the dinner.
Just as years past, the dinner proved to be a success for the 4-H clubs. This year, the groups went through more food than any other year, Mogle said.
"Every year it seems we increase another ham or turkey," she said. "I would hate to venture how many pounds of food we had and how much we went through."
Another local organization is also getting into the spirit of Thanksgiving.
For the past several years, the Basehor Veterans of Foreign Wars have sponsored food drives for local veterans and their families who are in need.
To ensure Leavenworth County veterans in need receive a good meal this Thanksgiving, the VFW organized a similar drive for the Reveille House, a rehabilitation center located on the grounds of the Veterans Administration in Leavenworth.
It is a cause that local VFW members are proud to be a part of, said Bob Wiley, Basehor VFW commander.
"The VFW is an organization to help veterans and their families that need help and that is one of our prime reasons for being an organization," Wiley said. "We like that particular part."
The VFW, which also collects food and other items during Christmas, donated the food to the Reveille House on Tuesday, Nov. 20.
The Reveille House was chosen as the site for the donations because the programs involve helping veterans that have faced tough times get back on their feet, Wiley said.
"They are trying to get back on their feet and out into the world and personally, I like the concept," Wiley said.
The donations for the drive were made at Bichelmeyer's Grocery, located in Basehor, and donations will continue to be taken at the grocery store until Christmas.