Holiday Outreach Dinner Feeds Many, More Free Turkey Day Meals Available

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RENO, NV - Harrah's hosted the annual "Holiday Outreach Dinner" Monday night near 6th Street and Center Street.

"We're eating Thanksgiving dinner," says Ashley Miller who enjoyed dinner Monday night.

More than a thousand people showed up to get some turkey, mashed potatoes, and of course pumpkin pie. It's a dinner that wouldn't happen if it wasn't for Bill Fisher.

"I'm the organizer of it, I didn't plan it that way, God just put it in my lap," says Fisher.

For the past six years, Bill has put this dinner together, but says it's impossible to do by himself.

"If it wasn't for all these companies working together, this wouldn't happen," says Fisher.

Harrah's Reno supplied all the Thanksgiving food.

"It's been going on most of the week, trying to get things ordered in and prepared," says Janet Leis.

The staff at Harrahs has been extremely busy; not only did they feed 1500 people Monday, they also fed 600 firefighters who were fighting the Caughlin Fire over the weekend.

As people left, they said "thank you," a phrase that means a little more this Thanksgiving season.

The Silver Legacy hosted a similar lunch the next day, also downtown.

If you missed these meals, don't fret, more Thanksgiving meals are available:

Bully's Sports Bar and Grill is also offering a free Thanksgiving dinner Thursday but ONLY at its North McCarran and Pyramid Way location from noon-5pm Thursday.

The Salvation Army-Thanksgiving dinner Thursday from noon-2pm at its Corps Community Center located at 1931 Sutro Street. They are also looking for non-perishable food items for Christmas boxes. Anyone with canned goods or packaged items like beans, rice and pasta may bring them to the dinner. Food can also be dropped off at any Salvation Army Thrift Store or in Salvation Army food barrels in grocery stores.

John Ascuaga's Nugget will prepare more than 1,000 Thanksgiving meals for guests in the St. Vincent's Dining Room, at 325 Valley Rd., just east of downtown Reno. The service begins at Thursday at 11:30 a.m. John Ascuaga's Nugget has provided meals for the homeless men, women and children in the community since 1955.

ST. Vincents is having a dinner too. Starts at 1pm. It's @ 325 Valley Rd, off 4th street.