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Rotarians, domestic abuse victims share Thanksgiving feast

Lake Spivey Rotary Club Foundation Director Mike Sambandham (from center left), club membership Chairman Felicia Franklin Warner and projects Chairman Willie Simpson visit Rainbow House to serve Thanksgiving dinner to children who are victims of domestic abuse.

Lake Spivey Rotary Club Foundation Director Mike Sambandham (from center left), club membership Chairman Felicia Franklin Warner and projects Chairman Willie Simpson visit Rainbow House to serve Thanksgiving dinner to children who are victims of domestic abuse.

— It may not have been quite like the pilgrims and Indians’ first Thanksgiving, but Lake Spivey Rotarians and domestic abuse victims invoked that same spirit of coming together to give thanks last week.

Lake Spivey Rotary Club volunteers gathered Thanksgiving Day for their 13th annual holiday feast project with Rainbow House, a shelter for children who are victims of domestic abuse, said club President Debbie Walker in a written statement. She said the Rotarians served a traditional Thanksgiving dinner — complete with ham, turkey, dressing and “all the trimmings” — to children in the shelter’s care.

A magic show was performed by John Till, a member of the Rotary Club of North Side Tallahassee, Fla.

Walker said the project was started by Commissioner Michael Edmondson, a former member of the Lake Spivey Rotary Club, because there was “a need to bring traditional Thanksgiving joy to the uprooted children and allow many of the staff to spend the holiday with their own families.”

The project was coordinated by the club’s projects committee Chairman, Willie Simpson, according to Walker.