La Casa Garcia prepares to serve Thanksgiving feast to thousands in Anaheim

- It's Thanksgiving eve and volunteers are hard at work cutting up veggies for the "We Give Thanks" feast in Anaheim.

We Give Thanks is celebrating 30 years of giving back with founder Frank Garcia, who started cooking in his restaurant La Casa Garcia before the event got too big and it was moved to the Honda Center.

"For 30 years I haven't had a Thanksgiving dinner in my house but my family is the people that are there," Garcia said

This year the goal is to feed 15,000 people who can't afford a Thanksgiving feast, and to do that, food prep started days in advance.

"This year we're chopping onions, last year we were taking turkeys apart, so it's a good time," volunteer John Cancilla said.

Hundreds of volunteers lined up Wednesday night to chop 10,000 pounds of veggies - making a dent in the piles of potatoes, onions and garlic.

"You know cutting garlic is a pain in the butt but hey it goes to them and they get to have a good meal," volunteer Daylene Ripley said.

Cooking at the Honda Center starts at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving with the meal service beginning at 11 a.m.

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