As many of us are
preparing for our Thanksgiving celebrations
at home .
a group of local volunteers are travelling to North
Dakota to make sure pipeline protesters have full
meals for the holiday.
News 8's Madalyn O'Neill has more on their trip.
A group of about ten volunteers left West Salem for
North Dakota on a bus early this morning .
bringing with them hundreds of pounds of donated food.
Though it won't be the traditional holiday meal many
people picture with family gathering around a dining
room table .
volunteers say they're happy to give back on the day
It's really beautiful to see people come together.
It was too early to even be bright yet .
as this group prepares to hit the road the Wednesday
morning before Thanksgiving.
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But the darkness didn't dampen their excitement.
Ivy and Maya Engen
I am really, really excited.
This is going to be fun.
Like many, sisters Ivy and Maya are traveling for
But instead of going to grandma's house, they're getting
on a bus with a group of about ten volunteers heading
to the pipeline protests in North Dakota.
They're packing hundreds of pounds of donated food
on top of the bus .
including four thousand, five hundred bread rolls
from a community effort led by Uptowne cafe.
I said I'm going to ask the community if they'd come
togeter and help me make bread for peace, no matter
if it's for the protesters, for cops, whoever's out
there, all the authorities , that we would come together
and at least break bread together.
We're talking about a bunch of donatinos, 350 pounds
of meat that we got donated from people around the
Organiz Valley donated a lot to us, milk and ghee
So volunteers can spend their holiday giving thanks.
Organizing and cooking and making sure everyone has
full bellies and is really blessed for Thanksgiving.
We're going to have a lot of stew.
We're going to share with everyone! because it's about
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The group is planning on cooking all the meals they
and donating the rest of the meat to other groups
that are already there cooking for the protesters
to feed as many people as they can.
What else will the group be doing?
The volunteers will also help build permanent structures
for the winter for the protesters who plan to stay.