“It’s our town,” Barry Switzer helps serve up Thanksgiving lunch at Norman High School

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NORMAN, Okla. -- Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks and a day to give back.

Thursday, one famous Oklahoman decided to do both at once and brought a lot of smiles in Norman.

Barry Switzer says there are too many Thanksgivings spent on the football field to remember.

He and his wife, Becky, spent Thursday serving up turkey at Norman High School; the cafeteria was transformed for a Thanksgiving feast.

We asked the coach if he was in charge of the turkey.

“Oh no, girl look,  I’m carrying plates to people who want to eat. That’s all we’re doing. They fill the plates, I want to know how many people are sitting there, and I bring them the dinner,” Switzer said.

Norman Food and Shelter has organized this meal since 1983.

The non-profit outgrew its facility, so Thanksgiving lunch was moved to Norman high to serve up to 1,500 people.

“Culinary Kitchen in Oklahoma City provides us turkey, La Baguette provides bread, and then donors give us pie and potatoes and cranberry sauce, you name it, it comes in just from people who want to make sure nobody’s hungry on Thanksgiving,” Director April Heiple said.

With plenty of help, the last of the pie got served to each thankful guest, and even Santa stopped by in time for dessert.

“Thanksgiving is Thanksgiving everywhere, you do it probably anywhere you would be, but Norman is special because it’s where we live, it’s our town, it’s our hometown,” Switzer said.

Norman Food and Shelter has raised more than $2.5 million dollars to build a new campus.

Their goal is to reach $3.4 million and break ground next year.

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