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1,500 fed in annual Catholic Charities feast

LAS VEGAS -- Catholic Charities opened its doors Thursday to feed 1,500 people in need; that's 300 more than the group fed last year. It was the charity's 49th Annual Thanksgiving Feast.

There was 600 pounds of turkey with all of the trimmings, along with 1,500 homemade biscuits, butter cups and pumpkin flavored Crème Brule.

Attendants of the Thanksgiving feast sat nest to total strangers, but the vibe was that of a big family.

Many like 14-year-old Toby Leggero said the event was more than just a holiday to them. It contributed to their livelihood.

Toby said he was happy he was “getting to eat another day and not having to starve and stay at home.”

Toby's dad Ron said they've faced one hardship after another, but Toby's mom said she's thankful the family was able to spend the day together.

“When we're at home, we're just off doing our own thing. Over here we actually get to sit down and be with each other,” Leggero said.

Then there are people like Vito Scimeca who don't have anyone. He said his parents died a few years ago.

“Every Thanksgiving I want to be there with them, but I can't,” Scimeca said.

With that said, Scimeca still realizes that he has something to be thankful for.

“I'm thankful that I get to wake up everyday in good health,” he said.

Catholic Charities said the wealth of its service to the community would be impossible without help from the community. People have donated turkeys and money.

The group also has volunteers of all ages helping out.

“I get to help people who can't help themselves,” 8-year-old Alexander Ford said.

One senior citizen said she feels privileged to be able to serve a meal and a portion of hope.