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Many groups come together to give to others a Happy Thanksgiving

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Alex Gift and Tommy Gift, Jr. Alex Gift and Tommy Gift, Jr.
Michelle and James Dobbins Michelle and James Dobbins
Chef Jackson Hedges Chef Jackson Hedges
Officer Milton Santos Officer Milton Santos

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - This Thanksgiving will be much more sensitive and significant for families with a loved one fighting cancer.

Alex and Tommy Gift, who lost their mother to cancer, know that all too well. In her memory they created the Mary Jane Gift Quality of Life Fund at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.

Bills from chemotherapy, radiation and medicine pile high and leave families exhausted. The Gifts wanted to take some of their worries away and give 21 families a cooked turkey for Thanksgiving.

"They're always in here so they probably don't have a lot of time to go home and make a big Thanksgiving turkey so we just thought we need to come in here and help these people out as much as can," Tommy Gift said. "So we're giving them an already cooked turkey to put in the oven and warm up."

James Dobbins received one of the turkeys. He said this Thanksgiving there's a lot to be thankful for.

"That you're still around," said Dobbins, "and that you can have friends and family to share it with."

"We didn't know if we were going to be here all day today, which we are, so there's no planning ahead for us," said Michelle Dobbins, James Dobbins' wife. "Now I don't have to figure out what to do tomorrow it's done."

Chefs at Sullivan University cooked all morning to fill the plates of 800 people in need Thanksgiving

"Giving them a nice dinner from the heart prepared with love from my students and by the Salvation Army," said Jackson Hodges, a Sullivan University culinary instructor. "It shows people still care about you."

The 800 pounds of turkey, 400 pounds of mashed potatoes and five gallons of cranberry sauce are just some of the dishes prepared by the Sullivan University student and faculty chefs. All of it is to be served Thursday at the Salvation Army's Center for Hope.

Louisville Metro Police officers joined with volunteers from Greater St. Mark Baptist Church to give a helping hand preparing Thanksgiving meals.

"It's a way not only I can give back but others in the community can give back," said LMPD Officer Milton Santos.

"It's ok to care these days," said Chef Hodges. "You know a lot of people don't care anymore. Everything is so impersonal. I don't know just get in the holiday spirit."

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