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ABATE Prepares Thanksgiving Meals
To provide a day of relief to the people who cook at local shelters, an unlikely group took their spots in the kitchen.
Sunday, the Lincoln Land Chapter of ABATE Illinois, a motorcycle rights organization, prepared hot Thanksgiving meals for 400 people at the Kumbler United Methodist Church in Springfield. This marks the 26th year the church has served dinner on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Preparation for the feast started Saturday.
"What I always like to say is that motorcyclists have very big hearts," Alice Furlow of the ABATE Lincoln Land chapter said. "You know, they're soft and squishy. They're hard on the outside and soft and squishy on the inside. We do three other events a year."
ABATE also takes part in an annual toy run, collecting and distributing toys to support local families during the holiday season.