More than 400 meals were served on Thursday, Nov. 28 during the 19th annual Community of Faith Thanksgiving Day Dinner in Louisiana.
“It’s a big project,” said dinner coordinator Greg Dolbeare. “We started planning the last Tuesday of October. There’s about 15 area churches involved.”
Donations of more than $1,000 from the churches and individuals paid for the dinner at the Centenary United Methodist Church in Louisiana.
“There was a lot of willing volunteers,” Dolbeare said. “It’s people who care and are thankful to be in this country.
“There’s a lot of giving people in this community,” Dolbeare added. “It’s good to see the outpouring.
“Our theme is to come and get Thanksgiving dinner and then get fed spiritually throughout the year by the churches.”
About 90 volunteers from Pike County churches made the annual dinner a reality for the needy, the homebound and those who just wanted to come.
“I’ve been here (volunteering) for seven years,” said Louise Clark of the First Christian Church of Louisiana. “I just wanted to help because I knew they needed volunteers.”
Bob Kilby of the United Centenary Methodist Church took meals to those who couldn’t attend the dinner.
“This is the 19th year I’ve delivered dinners,” he said.
While the bulk of the volunteers were adults, younger people like Shayla Hopkins and brother Tyler Hopkins of the United Centenary Methodist Church were busy the day before the dinner putting cranberries in delivery cups.
“I always like helping,” Tyler said.
Volunteers started cooking the 18 turkeys consumed the weekend before, Dolbeare said. The cooks also prepared 25 gallons of green beans, 25 gallons of mashed potatoes, at least 75 pies and 13 large trays of dressing.
Centenary United Methodist Church Pastor Paul Catterton reported that there were more than 100 people who came to the church and sat down for the dinner.
Another 92 meals were carried out and 216 were delivered across Pike County.
“This shows that people of God care,” Catterton said.