Homeless and Hungry, Some Still Find Reason To Be Thankful

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A thousand of Reno's homeless and hungry lined up for a free turkey and all the trimmings meal Tuesday. Hard hit by the economic times and other circumstance, some still found reason to be thankful.

The line wound around the block as they waited for the meal served up in a tent at Sixth and Center Streets.

The annual meal was launched years ago by former Silver Legacy banquet manager Jeffrey Olsen. The event now serves as Olsen's memorial and is held each year during Thanksgiving week.

The meal is cooked by the staff of the Silver Legacy Hotel Casino and supported by a number of local businesses. Volunteers serve and help handle the crowd. Those who attend leave with sacks of other food stuffs from the Northern Nevada Food Bank.

Those who line up for the meal have seen hard times.

Among them, Jessica Sheen and her husband, who brought Jessica's 14 year old service dog.

A week ago they were living in a tent. Then someone stole the tent and most of their belongings. Surprisingly she remains positive and thankful.

"I have a brand new grandson. I have people like this who help everyone and we have each other. "