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"Mother Rosa" holds last free Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner

We’re getting into the holiday season, which is also known as a time for “giving back”. And for the last 25 years, a woman has been giving a warm meal to hundreds. It’s a pre-Thanksgiving tradition, but this year, the feast was a little bitter-sweet. The woman known as “Mother Rosa” is calling it quits.

“Mother Rosa” do not mind people knowing that she will be turn 89-years-old next month, and for the last quarter century, her signature event has been the Pre-Thanksgiving Meal. A huge spread—free to anyone who wants something to eat. For the last few years, she’s partnered with Foodlink.

She’s hanging up her apron after this year, but she knows some big-hearted volunteers will keep her legacy alive.

It’s a hot meal on a holiday, kids didn’t have school today because of Veterans Day, but they had a free feast, and hopefully, they picked up some lifelong lessons.

“We should love and care for each other. If I’m eating today and you’re not eating, I should be able to share. I want us to learn to reach out to our neighbors,” said “Mother Rosa” Wims.

“Mother Rosa” has been preaching that message for a very long time, and she’s been organizing this free turkey dinner for the 25 years and hands out an average of 300 meals or so. It gets bigger every year. The message is spreading and “Mother Rosa” never had trouble finding volunteers.

“People just beg me to help. People want to get involved, but they need a leader.”

And “Mother Rosa” is that leader. She lives for others and it shows. There’s no telling how many lives she’s touched over the years.

“She’s a God-blessed woman,” said Yolanda Robinson, of Rochester

I see a lot of people out on the streets who they, don’t look like they don’t ever eat, and this dinner right here helps out a lot of people,” said Tara Alligood, of Rochester.

This is “Mother Rosa’s” last year. She won’t organize this meal anymore, but it will go. She is confident her mission will continue.

“Everybody thinks I should slow down. And they’re the ones that need to slow down. I feel like going on and on.”

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