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Two-year-old Sophia Holth watches from her mother Emily's hospital bed while her dad Jonathan cuts her turkey as the Grand Forks family enjoys Thanksgiving dinner at Altru Hospital on Thursday. On Tuesday Emily prematurely gave birth to daughter Evelyn, but the Holths could still enjoy a full Thanksgiving meal thanks to an anonymous East Grand Forks donor who provides free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to those who have children in Altru. Grand Forks Herald photo by John Stennes.

Donated dinners bring families together during holiday hospital stay

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While many gathered around tables to share their Thanksgiving meal, the Holth family of Grand Forks ate their turkey and mashed potatoes from trays in a room in Altru Hospital's family birthing center.


Jonathan, Emily and Sophia, 2, ate just down the hall from the neonatal intensive care unit, where the newest addition to their family, Evelyn, was sleeping.

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Brandi Jewett
Brandi Jewett is an enterprise reporter for the Grand Forks Herald with beats focusing on northwest Minnesota, unmanned aircraft systems and East Grand Forks city government. Other positions she has held at the Herald include Grand Forks city government reporter, general assigment reporter and news intern. A native of Valley City, N.D., 24 years worth of winters haven't scared her out of the state yet. Follow her work at and on Twitter and Instagram: @brandijewett. Send tips and story ideas to 
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