There will also be a free community Thanksgiving meal served at the Rock Rapids First Reformed Church Fellowship Hall.
St. John School had a competition to provide canned goods for the program that will be put together Tuesday at the former Mother of Sorrows School gymnasium in Ashtabula. “Members of the church provided turkeys, and it just so happened that on that particular Thanksgiving Day, we had an ice storm”.
“We have a Community (Soup) Kitchen, too”, Mitchell-Pearson said of the ongoing need for volunteers.
“I just find pure enjoyment being with other people – serving other people”, she said.
Free bus transportation is being offered by MTA to and from the dinner at several locations across the city.
“Plates can also be delivered, so message us (www.facebook.com/sardisbaptistcullman or 256-739-5300) with any names/addresses/contact info of people who don’t normally have a Thanksgiving meal and we would love to be a blessing to them”.
“Everything that you can think of that you would have in your own Thanksgiving meal, we want to make sure every family has access to that”, Heiple said. Those who want to compete should have their dressing to the community center by 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Organizers will be serving staple Thanksgiving fixings at the dinner. “We will have Santa on Thanksgiving if any children are coming”, Roach said.
Heiple said watching all those pies roll into the cafeteria is always a fun part of the meal.
Second Harvest Food Bank is teaming up with the Turkey Man Project to distribute Thanksgiving Dinner Boxes.
“I’ve never said no”, she said.
Whitaker had this to say, “Upon returning back from the march, there were a number of things that the group decided we needed to do to to validate going to the march and being called out to be better men, father’s, husbands and better citizens.and so we [figured we] all had things to do. I will do it again”, Tuckish said. Drive through meals can be picked up from 11:30 a.m. till 2 p.m.
Neustel said as the event continues to grow, organization and planning become more important each year, although that doesn’t mean the process of preparing that much food gets easier.
Starting out in St. Ignatius, a full homemade dinner with turkey, ham and all the trimmings will be available for free at the St. Ignatius Middle School Commons from 12-2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 23.