Knights of Columbus making thousands of Thanksgiving meals

Hampden County

The Fairview Knights of Columbus spent Thanksgiving morning preparing more than 2,000 hot meals. 

Dozens of volunteers were up before the sun on Thanksgiving morning, preparing almost 2,500 meals for families throughout western Massachusetts. 

“Seeing the community come together like this is awesome,” said Daniel Guadagnoli.

The meals include turkey, stuffing, potatoes, bread gravy all the ingredients for a great Thanksgiving dinner. 

The Fairview Knights of Columbus receive donations both money and food so they can prepare all these meals. 

“It costs anywhere from 14,000 to 16,000 dollars, depending on how much food gets donated and how much we have to actually buy,” Dan Mashia told 22News. 

The work begins days before Thanksgiving. 

“We ended up prepping turkeys on Monday morning,” Rachel Gauthier said. “It was hard work.”

Once the turkeys are prepared, they go into these ovens where 40 of them can cook at the same time. And when the meals are done cooking, they are packed up into cars and brought to communities throughout western Massachusetts. 

“Being able to contribute to providing meals for the less fortunate or for people who just want company and a place to hang out and eat, it’s really special,” added Guadagnoli.

“It’s kind of mixed emotions. You’re sad to see when they come in, but then, you’re happy when you see that they have a smile on their face because you’re serving them and lightening up their day,” said Alivia Mendes.

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