Photos by Graham Pruss
People gather at the 2 Bit Saloon for the 3rd Annual Orphan Thanksgiving.

Helping those in need on Turkey Day

Thanksgiving night, while many families sat down at their tables to feast, the Ballard Community Task Force on Homelessness and Hunger teamed up with the 2 Bit Saloon to throw the 3rd Annual Orphan Thanksgiving, which sought to serve food and supplies to people in need.

For the event, organizers and volunteers first served participants at the 2 Bit Saloon, and then they packaged up the food and went out to serve people on the streets.

According to Graham Pruss, chair of the BCTHH and an organizer of the event, said the event went very well.

"The dinner was an amazing success, as was the outreach after!" Pruss wrote in an email. "We had 10 turkeys, tons of sides and desserts and a massive amount of donations from SPD Parking Enforcement, Mars Hill Church and many in the community. We gave out around 50 meals to people on the streets after, in cars and sleeping outside."

To sum up the event, Pruss said this:

"As one participant repeated throughout the night, before heading out to take donated clothing and food to the car where he lives, 'It's all about community, it really is and we feel it. This is a community that cares.'"

Pruss snapped some cell phone pictures, which can either be viewed in a slideshow by clicking on the picture above, or looking at the thumbnails below.

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