Vice President-elect Governor Mike Pence offers Thanksgiving hopes and wishes

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Vice President-elect Mike Pence talks with the staff at Second Helpings as they prepare Thanksgiving meals, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

(AP) Vice President-elect Mike Pence has visited a community kitchen in Indianapolis — and he’s promising an 80-year-old volunteer a ride on the government plane he uses.

Pence and his wife, Karen, on Wednesday toured the Second Helpings kitchen, where they thanked a few dozen volunteers before chopping up some vegetables.

When volunteer John Spitznogle asked Pence about getting a ride on Air Force One, Pence responded he would line one up aboard the vice president’s plane.

The Indiana governor and first lady plan to spend Thanksgiving Day in Mississippi, where their son, Michael, is in Marine Corps pilot training.

Pence says he’s “looking for a quiet, tender family Thanksgiving.”

Vice President-elect Governor Mike Pence and First Lady Karen Pence issued the following Thanksgiving holiday statement:

“Thanksgiving is a special time for families across Indiana, ours included. Like you, the Pences will find ourselves seated at the dinner table this Thanksgiving with our hearts grateful for all the blessings bestowed upon us. This last year has brought about new opportunities and some challenges, but through it all, we are most thankful to Him for family, friendship and good health.

“As each of us take time to count our blessings, let us take a moment to give thanks for those who spend time away from hearth and home on Thanksgiving on our behalf. To the men and women of our Armed Forces, who stand post at home and abroad, we remain ever grateful to you and your families for the sacrifices you make. To our law enforcement community and first responders, many of whom will have a late dinner this Thanksgiving as you stand watch over our communities, thank you.

“Thanksgiving is the start of our favorite time of year. The holidays bring families together and serve as a reminder about all that is truly important in life. Yet too many of our neighbors struggle with the burdens of a heavy heart this time of year. A personal struggle or loss of a loved one hits home this time of year, so we would encourage everyone to consider how we might reach out to a neighbor. A warm meal and a kind conversation extended to someone in need is really what Thanksgiving is all about.

“So from our home to yours, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.”

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