By Richard Meek

The Catholic Commentator

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Holiday Helpers are partnering for a second consecutive year to host the annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Raising Cane’s River Center in Baton Rouge. 

A year ago, St. Vincent de Paul and Holiday Helpers joined together to continue a holiday tradition that has spanned three decades. Dinners will be served from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The annual Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless and needy will be served in St. Vincent de Paul’s dining room, with meals being served from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

“Thanksgiving is special in Baton Rouge because of all of the caring volunteers throughout our community,” St. Vincent de Paul president and CEO Michael Acaldo said. “Bringing Holiday Helpers and St. Vincent de Paul together last year was a great success.  We will continue this tradition and ensure that no one in need has to go hungry on Thanksgiving Day.”

Additionally, the annual St. Vincent de Paul Thanksgiving Store will set up in the dining room parking lot.

“Our dining room guests depend on us for their very survival and can’t afford to purchase items that most of us take for granted,” Acaldo said. “So this Thanksgiving we will provide each guest with a gift certificate they can redeem at the store.”

Guests will be able to select from a variety of items, including clothing, socks blankets, caps, shoes and other necessities.

Also, LSU gymnastics coach D.D. Breaux will seek to defend her title in the annual Community Turkey Carving Contest, which is staged annually on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving in the St. Vincent de Paul dining room.