Why you should consider volunteering on Thanksgiving

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WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ)- Volunteering is a turkey day tradition for many families, but if it’s something you’re trying to make a new tradition, it can be hard to know where to start.

For about 50 years, First United Methodist Church in Winchester has prepared and delivered thanksgiving meals, transforming, in a way, the volunteers giving them and the people receiving them.

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“It’s quite an ordeal. It’s organized chaos,” Mike Jackson said.

Jackson organizes the cooking team that comes in not only the day before, but also 5 a.m. on thanksgiving to prepare a meal for 1,500 neighbors in need.

“Yes, it’s a one day event and yet it touches a whole lot of lives,” Senior Pastor Farley Stuart said.

There is still room for volunteers.

Anyone who wants to join can do so at 10 a.m.  turkey day morning.

There are also Thanksgiving and every day opportunities to volunteer at: God’s Pantry Food Bank, the Catholic Action Center, the Lexington Humane Society, the Hope Center, and the Lexington Rescue Mission.

You could also try a local church or animal shelter. The USO also puts together holiday packages for those in the military.

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Veronica Jean Seltzer joins ABC 36 as Anchor/Reporter. On most weekdays, you will see her reporting the news. VJ hails from a small horse farm outside New York City and most recently comes from South Bend, Indiana where she reported for the CBS and Fox affiliates. VJ holds a Master of Science in Journalism degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University. Her passion for journalism runs deep. It began as she studied graffiti as an ancient form of communication in Athens, Greece. While a student journalist in Morocco, she learned her most important journalistic lesson: good stories are about people. VJ loves life in and around Lexington. She feels most at home among horses and a diverse community of fascinating people. She enjoys reporting during the week and on the weekend she strives to bring her neighbors the news that matters most to them. VJ enjoys going to neighborhood events, exploring, horseback riding, skiing, sailing, and good movies. Look for her out and about in the community! VJ invites you to reach out to her with story ideas or just to say hello! Find her on Facebook at Veronica Jean Seltzer ABC 36, tweet her @VJS_ABC36, or email her at VSeltzer@wtvq.com. She looks forward to hearing from you!