Biden starts Thanksgiving Day celebrations early before departing to Nantucket
During a Thanksgiving traditional ceremony at the White House South Lawn, President Joe Biden will pardon two turkeys on Monday and later celebrate a Friendsgiving dinner with military families in Cherry Point, North Carolina.
Publix and Winn-Dixie limiting some Thanksgiving items
Publix, which operates nearly 1,300 stores across seven states in the Southeast, and Winn-Dixie, with stores in five Southern states, put some restrictions in place due to ongoing supply chain issues and the increased holiday demand, officials said.
South Florida airports less crowded than expected as holiday weekend comes to an end
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – With the Thanksgiving holiday weekend coming to an end, Sunday is expected to be the busiest travel day of the year. South Florida’s two busiest airports were anything but busy on Sunday morning, though. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Miami International Airport did not appear to be crowded at all, allowing the few travelers to practice social distancing without issue. Wednesday was the busiest air travel day since the coronavirus pandemic began. At MIA, many travelers say COVID-19 was a concern as they headed out to see loved ones Thursday, and some we spoke to say they got tested before flying.
Holiday grinches steal ‘village’ fridge in Liberty City
MIAMI – Miami police officers are searching for two devious holiday grinches who used a pickup truck to steal a refrigerator that was meant to help feed the poor in Liberty City. Sherina Jones, a small business owner, placed the white “Village (FREE)DGE” next to the Roots Collective Black House clothing store along Northwest Seventh Avenue. With the help of dozens of donors, she started the effort on Aug. 10 and set up two other Village (FREE)DGE locations. Use single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets, and disposable items like food containers, plates, and utensils. If you decide to attend a gathering, bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils.
Camillus House resident on Thanksgiving: ‘This is a safe haven’
MIAMI – Volunteers were up early and working at the Camillus House on a mission to serve the poor and the homeless on Thanksgiving in Miami-Dade County. Gil said the Camillus House team was required to get tested for the coronavirus ahead of the event, which is split into two groups. One of the groups includes the Camillus House residents who have all tested negative for the coronavirus and the other group includes people who are homeless. The Camillus House opened the dining room for a Thanksgiving feast full of coronavirus pandemic precautions, including plexiglass, testing, and temperature checks. You know, helping out brothers and sisters get on their feet and keep their bellies full.”The Camillus House is serving Thanksgiving Day meals in Miami-Dade County.
Thanksgiving travel rush: About 60,000 pass through Miami International Airport
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Miami International Airport had smaller crowds than last year, but airport officials said there were still about 60,000 travelers passing through during the Thanksgiving travel rush. There were plexiglass barriers, hand sanitizing stations, testing areas, and face mask requirements. A kiosk displays a message encouraging wearing face masks and social distancing as passengers wait in line at Miami International Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Miami. People who decide not to get tested should stay home for two weeks after travel, officials said. Avoid touching your face mask, eyes, nose, and mouth.
Salvation Army in Broward prepares hundreds of Thanksgiving meals to go
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Volunteers with The Salvation Army of Broward County got to work early Thursday morning to prepare 500 Thanksgiving meals with roasted turkey, vegetables, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. To reduce the risk of infection, the volunteers are distributing meals to go to those who walk up to the facility at 1445 W. Broward Blvd., in Fort Lauderdale. For more information about the Salvation Army’s services in Broward, call the Homeless Hotline at 954-563-4357. Salvation Army in Broward prepares for Thanksgiving fest for 500More South Florida’s feasts for people in needEmbrace Girl Foundation: 10:3o to 11:30 a.m. at the Soul Town BBQ at 7503 NW 7 Ave., in Miami’s Liberty City. Meals on Wheels South Florida: Delivering from the GA Foods Central Kitchen at 1750 W. McNab Rd., in Fort Lauderdale.
Some food retailers avoid indoor crowds to safely keep up with demand for turkeys
The food retailers were keeping up with the demand for turkeys. Doug Carter, the owner of the Delaware Chicken Farm & Seafood, said they had set up a system to help keep vulnerable customers safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Both retailers avoided indoor crowds and had customers wait outside. She and other customers said they appreciated all of the precautions the retailers were taking to help keep their families safe from the virus. Here are some precautions from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help you celebrate Thanksgiving safely during the coronavirus pandemic:
6 ways to make virtual Thanksgiving entertaining for everyone
With many medical experts urging Americans to make this year’s Thanksgiving scaled down, many of us will probably only see people in our “bubble,” so holiday is going to feel a little bit different. Thanks to technology, you can still gather with your extended family.
Travelers try ‘anything possible’ to safely fly for Thanksgiving against CDC advice
MIAMI – Tabitha Cervantes and her two sisters have a flight to catch. The Homestead residents are headed to Texas — as safely as they can — to see their family for the Thanksgiving holiday. “Double masks, Germ-X, alcohol, wipes — anything possible to keep from the COVID,” Cervantes said Monday while heading to her flight at Miami International Airport. If you’re traveling on Wednesday, Monday is really the day you need to get that test done.”That’s something the Cervantes sisters say they did not do. “We’re concerned,” Tabitha Cervantes said, “but we’re trying anything possible to not touch anything.”
South Florida airports busy as people head out for holiday in spite of warnings
“Well, it’s a lot of germs and you’re coming from state to state,” said Hunt, who was wearing a mask at Miami International Airport. There were similar crowds Sunday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. He was at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The testing site at Hard Rock Stadium broke records Saturday testing 3,347 people in a single day. “We are telling people to take any available appointment for the Hard Rock Stadium Test Site and show up when convenient,” he said.
Despite coronavirus warnings from CDC, airports becoming busier in South Florida as travel increases ahead of Thanksgiving
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A rush of passengers arrived at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Sunday morning, with just four days to go before Thanksgiving. The flyers were clearly not phased despite a recommendation from the CDC to avoid Thanksgiving travel due to surging COVID-19 case numbers. Despite the warning, AAA says some 50 million Americans will still travel for turkey day; that’s only a ten percent drop compared to last year. Passengers at FLL that spoke with Local 10 view their decision to still travel as more of a personal choice. But others, like a woman traveling to Los Angeles, said they know the risks and are taking extra precautions to stay safe.
Founder of South Beach Wine and Food Festival offering Thanksgiving feast, with all proceeds helping local hospitality workers
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Thanksgiving is next week and every family’s celebration will look different this year. The hospitality industry has been hit especially hard, but now the organizers of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival are reaching out to help and provide delicious holiday meals at the same time. Imagine a homemade thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings, but without having to do all the heavy lifting. “We’re calling it a one-stop, no shop, turkey dinner in a box,” said Lee Schrager, founder and director of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. “A very trying time for so many people, particularly in the hospitality industry,” he said.
Charities already looking for Thanksgiving meal donations for those in need
The need so great that one group of volunteers is already starting a Thanksgiving food drive and needs your help. At Florida Career College in Margate, volunteers sort through donated items to prepare Thanksgiving meal kits. Last year, a Map the Meal Gap report put South Florida’s food insecurity rate at 12% — that’s more than 500,000 people not knowing where they will get their next meal. Then came COVID-19 and the related economic impacts, forcing more families into food insecurity. Also seeWhat is food insecurity?
Estefans ‘Feed a Friend’ during annual Thanksgiving tradition
MIAMI – Emilio and Gloria Estefan were serving Thanksgiving meals in Miami to those in need. The rhythm got a hold of the married musicians during their 12th annual "Feed a Friend" event Thursday. "We try to bring people together and, you know, give a little bit back," Emilio Estefan told Local 10 News. The Estefan Kitchen expects to feed between 2,000 and 3,000 people this year with traditional American dishes and Cuban classics. Emilio Estefan said they plan to expand into Orlando next year.
Fort Lauderdale airport preparing for busiest travel days of year
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Thanksgiving week is one of the busiest travel times of the year. Crews at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport work around the clock to keep things moving during the holiday season. For travelers that means packing early and getting to the airport early, but for ground operations teams, that means planning to stay really busy. “There’s a lot of moving parts to the operation a lot of people don’t see,” said ground operations worker Sunny Moreta. Over 100 flights will depart from Fort Lauderdale’s terminal 3 on Wednesday, the busiest travel day for the airport.
‘Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ to air Wednesday on Local 10
MIAMI – Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang will gather again for “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” on Wednesday. The popular holiday special which made its debut in 1973 will air at 8 p.m. on Local 10. Along with the tale of how Charlie Brown wants to do something special for his friends, the cartoon “This is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers" will air afterwards.