Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

For the past 16 years Evanston Firefighters Association IAFF Local 742 has funded a Thanksgiving charity event to provide all the ingredients for a Thanksgiving dinner for 12 Evanston families in need.

On Saturday, volunteers put rolls, boxed stuffing, cranberry sauce, veggies, a turkey, pie, and other edibles in 12 separate plastic containers and dropped them off to Family Focus social service agency in Evanston, which will deliver them to the families before Thanksgiving.

The idea for the Thanksgiving charity event started 16 years ago when some firefighters decided to piggyback on another giveaway where they collected toys to give to kids at Christmas. Thanksgiving and Christmas events are about the union and firefighters giving back to the Evanston community they serve.