Local man spends 17th year helping less fortunate at Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, we’re reminded that this is the season of giving. Local 6 met an area man Monday who takes giving very seriously. He’s been volunteering for nearly two decades.

Dozens of onions and a handful of volunteers prepared it all.

“This is my very first time, I just saw it in the newspaper and I thought, well sure, let me help.”

Lavern Profitt on the other hand, is an old pro. In fact, he hasn’t missed volunteering in the kitchen for the Herrin Community Feast in 17 years. 

This year, we got to lend a hand and learn from the best.

In went salt, oregano, onion powder, “a pinch of this, a pinch of that.”

The birds are buttered, seasoned and bagged.

The other volunteers follow Profitt’s lead and hope they’ll leave a Thanksgiving legacy, too.

Profitt says he’ll be volunteering in the kitchen as long as he is able.

“I love Herrin. I always leave, but I come back.”

He returns to feed his friends and family each Thanksgiving.

The community Thanksgiving will be held Thursday at the Herrin Civic Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Leftovers will be served there from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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