Jeannie Rivers looked at a kitchen where 43 complete Thanksgiving dinners were just made and smiled.

"This isn't easy and my kitchens a wreck," said Rivers, "but this is one of the biggest blessings I get every year."

And with that 43 meals of turkey, ham, dressing, potatoes, corn casserole, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, black-eyed peas, rolls, cranberry dressing and dessert headed out of her house to the home of 43 elderly and shut-ins in Midlothian.

"We've been doing this for 12 years," said Jeannie's husband Don Rivers. "We've got people who have been helping us about that long and everybody knows their job. We get a lot done in 24 hours."

The preparation starts way before then.

This year Rivers and Company cooked six turkeys, three hams, several pans of dressing and pot after pot of vegetables. The pies and cakes all come out of the same oven.

"We've got lots of help," said Rivers. "Helen Short used to be our neighbor, but even after she moved away she kept coming back to help cook and serve this meal.

"Her two daughters Allison and Alisha have grown up helping to cook this meal," he added. "I guess they wouldn't know what Thanksgiving was like without all this work."

And the list goes on - Mike and Heather Poteet, Margie Brown, Shirley Kopecky and many others who slip in and out of Jeannie's kitchen at just the right time to stir up their magic and cook their specialty.

Then it's all carefully cut, spooned and forked into styrofoam box/plates and trucked to home around town.

The logistics of getting meals to homes, warm and complete, is a science in itself.

"I can't imagine people who might be alone on Thanksgiving Day or not have a Thanksgiving meal," said Don Rivers. "When we deliver the meal, we always stay around for a while to talk to these people. Then we say a prayer with them and it' off to another house."

Rivers said over the years they have gotten to love many of the people that get their Thanksgiving dinners. He said they keep up with them through the rest of the year, too.

"It is a lot of hard work," River's said, looking at this wife, family and friends as the work in the kitchen winds down. "But the blessing you get is bigger than what you put into it."

With everything in place the group paused for a minute to say a prayer of Thanksgiving for each meal, each home, each person served and each life touched.

And with the words, "Amen," 43 meals moved out the door into the thankful homes and live of 43 people in Midlothian.