MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- For the past 10 years Janice Kempowski has spent Thanksgiving morning cooking, but she's not preparing meals for her family. Kempowski, along with hundreds of volunteers were cooking this Thanksgiving Day for 4,600 low-income seniors in eight counties who have no one to celebrate with.
"Always cooking with love. All cooks cook with love," said Kempowski. "I have family around me at the holiday time and these people don't. They live alone in senior housing and if we can bring them a hot meal we are happy to do that for them."
Community Projects for Seniors has been doing this for nearly 30 years.
Preparations for this year began weeks ago to get the meals cooked and packed up on time.
"There's turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing -- your traditional Thanksgiving meal," said Community Projects for Seniors Outreach Manager Nicki Rieder.
Once the meals are boxed up, they are personally delivered to each senior's home.
"So many of them, our face is the only one they see on the holiday. It's the only greeting they get and we want to make sure that they're not forgotten," said Kempowski.
All of this hard work pays off for the volunteers when they see the excitement and gratitude of those receiving a holiday meal.
"The food is very good. It's fantastic -- but it's also just the caring and knowing that people are interested and want to help," said Rodd Delaney as he received a meal.
Those warm meals are also warming the hearts of thousands of seniors this Thanksgiving.
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