Last-minute shoppers dart through grocery store aisles for Thanksgiving preparations

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Have you made your list and checked it twice?

No, not Christmas. Your Thanksgiving shopping list!

Lots of last-minute shoppers packed metro stores to pick up the final things needed to make Thursday's celebration a perfect one. Thousands of people were out Wednesday evening. Some were picking up ready-made meals, others were just getting their weekly groceries at a less-than convenient time, while most were picking up holiday essentials.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics a larger percentage of Americans are eating Thanksgiving dinner away from home than they did 30 years ago.

But for those cooking for others or hosting the holiday, groceries are a must, and at Hy-Vee on 95th and Antioch, there were turkeys filling several displays, a lot of pies, and many disappearing fast, and a lot of people getting their last-minute supplies.

Hy-Vee at that location is closing at 2:00 on Thanksgiving afternoon, so Wednesday night is a popular time to double-check supplies.

Taka Yager says she was just grabbing the last few essentials.

"We need a ham, and we need desert and I need a few extra things to get sides," Yager said.

FOX 4 spoke to one shopper who says she always does her Thanksgiving shopping the day before, otherwise, she'd run out of room to store all her food!

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