La Crosse volunteer group provides Thanksgiving meals for 100 families

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — “Everyone Needs a Helping Hand,” a La Crosse group, is continuing its tradition of helping families celebrate Thanksgiving together.

“Every year, we look forward to this,” said Delania Heller, the group’s founder.

Members packed boxes Tuesday to take Thanksgiving to La Crosse-area families.

“A lot of families have reached out to us that said they never would’ve been able to — it wouldn’t have been possible for them to have a family dinner,” Heller said.

But this group is making it possible.

Starting from 10 families in its first year to 100 families today, the effort has blossomed. This is its sixth year.

“We also have a lot of families that have gotten and received the box and now they’re in here helping us volunteer, which is a really beautiful thing,” Heller said.

Trinity Horstman, the 2022 Miss Onalaska Outstanding Teen, said she is grateful for the chance to help this year.

“Giving back to the community that’s given both Ava (Krause) and I so much throughout the years we’ve lived here,” Horstman said. “I’m very grateful that we can do things like this again and help out so many people that might not be able to get thanksgiving day meals ready for their families.”

The group is using its own tradition to create traditions for others.

Every box includes all the Thanksgiving necessities, including a turkey, pumpkin pie and, of course,  cooking instructions.

Every item was donated to the cause.

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