â€œWe're trying to allow people to have a lovely experience with great food and to be treated with dignity and respect and to engender in them that everyone has something to feel grateful for,â€ George said.
O'Leary marvels at how the Community Thanksgiving Dinner has brought individuals and businesses together, saying â€œthe collaborative effort of all the agencies pulling together has been amazing.â€
A grant from OEC has provided much of the funding, two businessmen have donated and will prepare 25 turkeys each; the Salvation Army, Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency and state Department of Human Services are pitching in with decorations and setup, and the United Way and city of Norman are promoting the event.
â€œIt seems everyone wants to be a part of it,â€ George said. â€œThe OU women's basketball coaching staff and team are on board and said they will be there. This has helped me realize how generous a place Norman really is.â€