GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – Happy Thanksgiving Day!
At WNCT, we hope everyone enjoyed the holidays with good food, family, some football and some shopping. The special day was celebrated in a variety of ways by many people in eastern North Carolina.
From running events that helped raise money for good causes and warmed the hearts of participants, to special meals that showcased the love and generosity of the community, Thanksgiving in ENC was one to remember.
We had team coverage of the big day from WNCT’s Claire Curry, Sarah Gray Barr, Cheyenne Pagan and Caitlin Richards.
USO celebrates Thanksgiving with a special meal for service members
Many of our service members spent the Thanksgiving holiday away from home. The United Service Organization helped spread the holiday spirit in the Onslow County area by visiting Marines in combat training at Camp Devil Dog.
With food, games and more, the USO wanted to make sure our service men and women know they are there for them.
“They spend 21 days in the field and then move on to their next destination in the Marine Corps. But they get stuck here during the holidays. So the USO is coming in and bringing the comforts of home,” said Megan Boggs, center manager for the USO NC Coastal.
Organizers said the best part of the day was meeting with those who serve our country.
“We just really brought the party to bring them all the comforts of home on vacation,” Boggs said.
If you would like to contribute or help Jacksonville USO, click here.
– Claire Curry
Greenville Fire/Rescue ready for whatever Thanksgiving brings
Especially on public holidays, first aiders must be ready to go immediately when an emergency call comes in.
Serving and protecting in Greenville is a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week responsibility. While many rescuers can’t be home for Thanksgiving, many still have family stopping by to be with them for a nice meal. However, when the call comes in, they are ready to go and answer.
“We’re here 24 hours a day,” said Jeremy Anderson, Greenville’s Chief Fire/Rescue Battalion. “So there’s a lot of stress involved. On a day like today we would all like to be home with our families. But we also want to make sure you know the city is safe, and it’s kind of a sacrifice you have to make to do this kind of work.”
Crews can still prepare food in the department’s kitchen, and many family members drop by to enjoy Thanksgiving with them. However, they are prepared for anything and react immediately when the call for help comes in.
“Obviously everyone’s cooking today,” Anderson said. “So just an increased vigilance for all the different types of activities that happen around Thanksgiving.”
– Caitlin Richards
Runners rally in Greenville for a good cause
Thanksgiving is one of the biggest running days of the year, especially in Greenville.
Beau’s Buddies holds an annual run for the holidays. Hundreds gathered in front of Fleet Feet for their annual Turkey Trot for Tots. They gathered to run and also to remember Beau Stanley’s legacy.
“Over a million people walk in over 1,000 Turkey Trabs across the country on Thanksgiving Day,” said Chris Loignon, owner of Fleet Feet.
Money raised from Thursday’s event will go to Beau’s Buddies Cancer Fund.
“Beau Stanley was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and died at the age of two and a half,” said Jeff Gaddis, president of Beau’s Buddies Cancer Fund. “So a group of people started this organization and it’s been going ever since. And Beau would have been a high school grad this year.”
Anyone interested in learning more about Beau’s Buddies or contributing to their cause can click here.
– Sarah GreyBarr
Carteret County families benefit from Thanksgiving event
A free meal from Hope Mission and Liberty Church in Carteret County helped local families struggling during the holiday.
With turkey, stuffing, and all the trimmings, those in need are left with full bellies and a better spirit.
“Turkey, dressing, green beans, corn, potatoes, gravy, cranberries and a selection of very tasty pies,” said Libba Hines and Autumn Delpino, volunteers who helped with the meals.
In fact, this was the 10th year the organizations gave back during the holidays. Officials said between 90 and 120 people got through, including some from the Hope Recovery Homes program. The program helps people struggling with substance abuse with housing, care and recovery.
“It was really nice to have a home-cooked meal, you know, for the people, you know, to come down and take time out on Thanksgiving to feed us and, you know, pray with us. May you feel very blessed,” said Dean McAnallen.
— Cheyenne Pagan
Turkey Trot in Cape Carteret gets the vacation started early
Walkers, joggers and runners in Cape Carteret got up early Thursday morning for the Turkey Trot hosted by Gym Cape Carteret Center.
Over 400 participants completed a 5K run, with winners taking home pumpkin pies. Proceeds from the event will go towards completing the Cape Carteret Trail and helping a local Eagle Scout project to add small libraries along the route.
Washington businesses are giving back with Thanksgiving dinner
Providing Thanksgiving meals to those with nowhere to go is what Captain Cook’s Waterfront Restaurant in Washington was doing Thursday.
This was the fourth annual community dinner hosted by Captain Cooks. The restaurant and volunteers come together to feed locals and boaters who have nowhere to go during the holidays.
“You never understood as a kid that ‘it’s better to give than to receive,’ but as an adult you definitely understand that better and it really is better to give than to receive… except I have to admit I love to eat too,” said volunteer Linda Haynes.
– Sarah GreyBarr