Volunteers were hard at work in the kitchen preparing a hot meal to serve to Stateliners during the Court Street United Methodist Church’s annual thanksgiving dinner.
The church welcoming everyone to come enjoy a meal, but they were mainly focusing on feeding the homeless and those spending Thanksgiving alone.
Volunteer Richard Wooten says, “(The event was) for people to come out, and have a good time, and you know enjoy having Thanksgiving together, and not have to be alone.”
A live band played in the dining area while workers filled up containers with green beans, meat, and mashed potatoes. Volunteers working hard in the kitchen to make sure those in attendance did not leave on an empty stomach.
Volunteer Megan Abbott says, “We like to work in the kitchen, actually putting food on the plates, and connected with the public. My children are out in the dining room helping to serve the people as they need to be served.”
Helping out at the church on “turkey day” is a labor of love Abbott and her family.
She says, “Volunteering on Thanksgiving is our family’s annual tradition. We’ve been serving for more than 20 years since, I was in high school. It’s exciting this year to bring my own children to come serve.”
Wooten adds, “We have a lot of people from different diversities (come eat), and it’s nice to extend well wishes on Thanksgiving.”
Officials say more than 1,000 meals were prepared for the event.