Young volunteers help prepare Thanksgiving feast at the Eugene Mission

"The event that you'll see at the Eugene Mission is one of many events that we have all throughout the year where we volunteer at local charities," said Miriam Clark, who started Little Hands Can. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. - Tray after tray of oven-baked turkeys are all in a row.

Hams are ready for slicing. Potatoes need to be peeled.

This can mean only one thing: making Thanksgiving dinner at the Eugene Mission.

Teams of pint-sized volunteers are making sure the preparations are well in hand.

They are youngsters - with their parents - from the Eugene non-profit Little Hands Can.

"The event that you'll see at the Eugene Mission is one of many events that we have all throughout the year where we volunteer at local charities," said Miriam Clark, who started the group.

And with about 700 people to feed on Thursday, there's no lack of work to do.

"Well these lovely turkeys of course, they'll be taking the meat off the bones for us," said Marshall Eck with the Eugene Mission. "If you look down the line we have sliced hams; we have potatoes to peel."

For Eck, this is not just a feast of food.

"We're just here to put a little love into the room, make it extra special and do a top notch meal for these guys and gals," he said.

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