A Thanksgiving Day tradition condition continues

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With hundreds of volunteers in place cooking turkeys, packing meals and organizing deliveries, the 42nd annual Mozel Sanders Thanksgiving Dinner got off to a fast paced start Thursday morning.

The event, started in 1972 by the late Rev. Mozel Sanders out of the church basement at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, was designed to help those in the community who might not have a meal for that day.

What has grown since then is an annual event that feeds over 40,000 people every year on Thanksgiving Day.

Numerous volunteers, organizations and companies give up a part of their Thanksgiving Day to come to the cafeteria on the campus of Butler University where they cook, package, and help deliver those meals.

If you would like a meal, you can contact the Mozel Sanders Foundation at 317-636-7985 or you can visit one of the satellite sites –


Organizers from the Mozel Sanders Foundation say they continue to see an increase of those wanting a meal each year and have vowed to continue carrying on the philosophy of Rev. Sanders who preached that “no one person should sit down for Thanksgiving Dinner until they have served someone else.”

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