By Rachel Swafford

Some students here at HCC will be going home and spending Thanksgiving with their families. Others, such as certain groups of athletes, will stay here for the holiday.

Several local churches here in Hutchinson will be opening their doors for people who don’t have anywhere to go or anything to do for the holiday. They plan to serve people in the community a free, homemade, traditional Thanksgiving meal.

“This year Thanksgiving is going to be a little different,” said Connor Ledy, Wichita.

Connor’s older brother will be getting married just two days after the holiday. He said that much of his break will be spent helping with wedding preparations.

However, he is looking forward to spending time with his family.

“To me, the best part about Thanksgiving is the food and football,” Ledy said.

Sydney Hendrick, Mullinville, plans to have a relaxing Thanksgiving break.

“I will probably spend a lot of time working on homework that I put off,” Hendrick said. Aside from that, her family owns a Christmas tree farm, so she also plans to help out there some.

“My favorite part about Thanksgiving would probably have to be the mashed potatoes,” she said.

“We usually go to my grandparents’ house, but I guess this year we’re having it at our house,” said Cordell Neely, Topeka, about his Thanksgiving plans.

“The food is awesome, but I also like getting to talk to family I haven’t seen for awhile,” Neely said. He is also very excited and looking forward to seeing his dog, Archie.

Brooke Keller, Salina, is going home for the Holiday.

“My whole family will be gathering at my house,” Keller said.

She is most excited to see family from out of town. She is also excited to eat her grandmother’s famous Jello.

No matter what you end up doing for Thanksgiving, look around and be thankful for everything in your life.

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