Atoka woman preparing to feed hundreds this Thanksgiving

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Atoka, Okla. (KXII) - "I just want to help people," Organizer Amanda Slater said.

Slater and her four sons moved to Atoka from Tennessee last year.

She says it's a great community that cares about the people, which is why she's hosting the first Gobble 'till you Wobble Thanksgiving dinner Thursday afternoon.

"It originally started out for people who needed it that wouldn't have family on Thanksgiving," Slater said, "so they could come and socialize play games listen to music--just have some good fellowship in town with other people."

Slater says with the help of several local churches and volunteers she'll be able to feed about 300 people tomorrow.

She says she wants to host the dinner to provide a comfortable space for people who don't have anywhere to go.

"It's sad to know that there are people that have family that are around, they just won't do anything with them," She said.

And Slater says she knows the feeling, she hasn't spent a holiday with her family since the 1980s.

But that changed this year when her sister, Rachel Whalen, showed up from Tennessee to help.

"It's really good that we're going to be a part of this helping the people of Atoka out,"Whalen said.

Whalen and her husband made the 10 hour trip to help with the cooking.

"When she and her boys needed assistance there were people here that helped her and she wants to return the favor," She said.

"I want people to be blessed by this, I want people to leave with a thankful heart knowing that there are people out there that do love them, and care for them even if we don't know who they are," Slater said.

The free dinner will be held in the Atoka School cafeteria from noon to three.