State Rep. Kent Calfee, left, presents Operation REACH President Randy Ellis with a check for $2,100.
The money was raised during Calfee’s inaugural spaghetti dinner and dessert auction, with all proceeds from the event going to Operation REACH, a charitable organization that enables children in need to go Christmas shopping every holiday season.
AAA projects 43.4 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
That’s a decrease of 1.5 percent from the 44 million people who traveled last year. This decrease falls just shy of last Thanksgiving’s four-year peak since the recession-driven declines in 2008-09, when Thanksgiving travel fell by 25 percent.
The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 27, to Monday, Dec. 2.