A Thanksgiving tradition continues despite some last-minute problems

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INDIANAPOLIS (November 26, 2015) - First it was the avian flu affecting one of the items for the dinner, then there was the death of one of the spokespersons for the event, and finally, there was the task of trying to overcome a donation shortfall. But despite all of those problems, the 44th annual Mozel Sanders Thanksgiving dinner got underway Thursday morning with the long standing task of feeding 40,000.

Officials for the Mozel Sanders Foundation have been battling problems since mid-summer when the Avian flu affected poultry throughout the state causing concern that turkey prices could sky rocket by Thanksgiving. To avoid potential problems, organizers decided to substitute pulled chicken for turkey which would help keep costs down.

The event also took another hit when long time community advocate for the Mozel Sanders Foundation, Amos Brown, died of a heart attack November 6.

Brown had been a long time voice for the organization in helping to get the word out about the dinner as well as soliciting donors for items and money for the organization.

Despite those problems, 2,000 volunteers are at the cafeteria at Butler University to help prepare a Thanksgiving meal for 40,000.

They will not only help prepare the meal of chicken, dressing, green beans and a roll, but will also be delivering meals to those that request one.

If you would like to receive a meal you can call (317)939-3636 after 6 a.m. Thursday

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