WICHITA, Kan. As we get closer to Thanksgiving more and more families are trying to make sure they can have food on the table. Bread of Life in Wichita is one organization filling that need.
When you're trying to organize 1,500 Thanksgiving meals for 4,000 to 5,000 people, it's easy to get stressed when you are days away from a deadline and you are short on food.
That's where Donna Pinaire and Bread of Life recently found themselves.
"Everyone has been in need at some time in our life and they know that this is a safe place to come where they will get the food that they need," said Pinaire.
They had enough turkeys, but did not have the sides. That's why they relied on their faith, hope and prayers.
"I shouldn't stress, but yes. But I'm not worried, no. It will happen. It will all happen, but it just requires a lot of people doing a lot of things to get it done," said Pinaire.
Eyewitness News and DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers surprised Pinaire with a $1,200 Helping Hand to go towards their meals.
"Oh my gosh," said Pinaire. "Oh thank you. Oh my gosh. I want to hug you. Thank you so much," said Pinaire.
She got to express her gratitude again when she met Dustin DeVaughn and Richard James.
"We're super excited to provide a helping Hand," said DeVaughn. "We are so excited to receive this. This will help us so much," said Pinaire.
That money proved to be enough to fill the food gap. On Saturday they gave out the 1,500 meals to thousands of Kansans who were initially unsure where their Thanksgiving meal was going to come from.
They no longer have that question.