Thanksgiving dinner at Youth First Texas is usually the busiest day of the year at the agency serving LGBT youth.
The 13-year tradition takes place this year on Thursday, Nov. 15 — which is this evening — at the YFT center at 3918 Harry Hines Boulevard.
“Alumni, youth and volunteers come out the of the woodwork for it,” said YFT board President Chris-James Cognetta.
Doors open at 4 p.m. for food preparation. Dinner begins at about 6:30 p.m. and runs until close at 9:30 p.m. The dinner is free and is donated and cooked by volunteers.
“This may be the only Thanksgiving they have,” Cognetta said of the youth who attend.
He said a number of youth have aged out of the foster system and have no other family.
YFT is also looking for a volunteer to open the center on Thanksgiving night — Thursday, Nov. 22. (If you’re at least 25 and interested in volunteering call 214-879-0400 ext. 203.)
Cognetta said he also plans to have the center open at least part of the day on Christmas.
“Some of our youth get very depressed that day,” he said.