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Dubuque school raises $1,400 for Ginter Thanksgiving Dinner

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

This year will mark the 56th year the Ginter family has fed those in need in Dubuque on Thanksgiving.

What started as a small dinner in the home of Donna Ginter has now transformed into a meal that feeds more than 2,000 each year.

But their generosity doesn't happen without the support of their community.

St. Anthony Elementary School in Dubuque is one of the many sources of help they get.

Every year, they hold a penny drive, and routinely raise more than $1,000.

"Honestly it's really nice, raising money for one of the biggest Thanksgiving dinners in Dubuque. I'm really proud to bring that money in and put it in the bin," said 5th grader Carter Brandt.

Many of the kids in the school do chores around the house to earn money for the fundraiser.

"It just really feels amazing thinking that you bring money in to help people. And doing jobs for that is really worth it," said Dominic Filitti, also in 5th grade.

Genny Ginter was on hand Friday morning as kids brought up their final dollars and cents.

"It's amazing. These kids, they work hard to do chores to get pennies for the Thanksgiving dinner. They've been doing it for a couple of years and it keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger. It's just crazy how they can raise that much money in a short amount of time," said Ginter.

All told, St. Anthony's principal says they raised more than $1,400. 

If you'd like to help with the dinner, Ginter says they're still looking for drivers to take meals to the elderly.  You can call her at 563-583-8535.

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