Waukesha community comes together for Thanksgiving while still grieving Christmas parade tragedy
WAUKESHA, Wis. (CBS 58)-- The Waukesha community is using the Thanksgiving holiday as a chance to heal while still grieving the tragedy that struck the holiday parade.
"We come together very well, and we support one another. We're Waukesha strong," Tony Davis said.
The Craft Lounge in Downtown Waukesha opened its door this Thanksgiving for a community potluck.
"That's the only prerequisite... bring a meal, share a little bit with us, and let's come together as a community," Davis said.
After tragedy struck the city, Davis turned his "Friendsgiving" into a day for healing and giving back.
Alongside the meal, a silent auction will raise funds for the United for Waukesha Community Fund.
The Craft Lounge is opening its doors for a Friendsgiving Potluck. In the past 48 hours, all of these items in the picture were donated for a silent auction. All funds will go to the United For Waukesha Community Fund. @CBS58pic.twitter.com/tYbqtjbuwL— Gabriella Bachara (@GabbyBachara) November 25, 2021
"We've had local craftsman, local businesses, restaurants, and even a $3,000 donation of items from Blain's Farm and Fleet," Davis said.
Across town, Chef Katie Teran is serving us a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Waukesha County Salvation Army.
"We have the turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and green beans, and rolls," Teran said.
Teran, the meal program coordinator, cooked up to 200 meals for families.
"I see a lot of new faces (on Thanksgiving). I think a lot of people come for this meal more than any other meal during the year," Teran said.
Even with clouds of grief hanging over Waukesha this Thanksgiving, people in line said there's always something to be thankful for.
"I'm thankful for a lot of things. I must have 100 things I'm thankful for this year," Jeff Peret said.