Thanksgiving

Some area Girl Scouts stopped by KMUW recently to participate in the Radio Day program. They spent some time in our studios recording their insights on our nation's first Thanksgiving.

Here's a sample from their day...

We think they did a great job and should wear their Radio Day badges proudly.

Ascha Lee / KMUW

The YMCA hosted its 41st free Thanksgiving dinner for families in need.

The nonprofit’s annual “We Care” dinner served about 1,500 people on Wednesday at the downtown location.

Eating crickets might improve the microbiome — the good bacteria found in the gut that wards off illness, according to a recent six-week study at Colorado State University.

Wichita Stores To Participate In Small Business Saturday

Nov 19, 2018
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Black Friday is the big shopping day this week — but if you’d prefer to go small, you’re in luck.

Wichita is again participating in Small Business Saturday, a nationwide initiative. The “holiday” aims to get shoppers into local brick-and-mortar stores. That’s done by offering discounts and deals similar to those offered by large retailers during the holiday shopping season.

For some businesses, the event may be the push they need to become established, said Spice Merchant owner Bob Boewe.

Shoppers, check your receipts when you buy Thanksgiving dinner ingredients. It’s likely the total cost will be lower than what you paid in 2013.

American Farm Bureau Federation volunteers scoured stores in 39 states to record prices for traditional Thanksgiving fixings. The survey found that for a party of 10, an average dinner runs $49.12 — 75 cents less than last year.

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This week is the single busiest travel time of the year. The travel and insurance agency AAA says millions of Americans will hit the road, hop on trains or take to the skies to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends. Holiday travel is up from last year, and the highest it's been in more than a decade.

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About 30 volunteers spent Tuesday night preparing the gymnasium in Wichita's Robert D. Love Downtown YMCA to give away hundreds of coats to those in need. 

The volunteers sifted through coats and winter gear starting at 6 p.m on Tuesday. Joyce Dixson estimated they would be finished by 8 p.m. She said it's a large improvement compared to when she first volunteered nearly two decades ago.

"We went until 10 o'clock," Dixson said. "And that's because we didn't know what we were doing. And it was just by trial and error."

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The Wichita Police Department is partnering again with the Union Rescue Mission to deliver free Thanksgiving meals to families in the community.

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The security area at the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport was pretty quiet earlier this week. But with Thanksgiving less than a week away, that’s going to change.

Abigail Beckman / KMUW

The Union Rescue Mission and the Wichita Police Department on Tuesday delivered holiday meals to local families in need. It's part of a 13-year partnership between the department and the shelter.

Nearly 100 cardboard boxes lined the cafeteria tables Tuesday morning at Wichita's Union Rescue Mission, an emergency shelter and job training center for men. Inside each box was a frozen turkey, bread, pie, canned goods and garnishes, all to be delivered to local families. 

This year, Officer Brent Johnson with the WPD organized the delivery process.

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