Making sure everybody gets a little Thanksgiving dinner

Warm greetings and hot food welcomed those who gathered at Market Street Church of Christ on a chilly Thanksgiving while youth members and adults, alike, carrying warm packages heading anywhere between Watertown and Nashville bustled out the door.
Nov 27, 2009

 

Warm greetings and hot food welcomed those who gathered at Market Street Church of Christ on a chilly Thanksgiving while youth members and adults, alike, carrying warm packages heading anywhere between Watertown and Nashville bustled out the door.
"We got a call from Maple Hill [Church of Christ] that they were cutting off at 2,300 and could we take the others," said Felicia Wharton, one of the assistant youth directors, as she placed dressing in food containers and taking food orders. "We are thinking we might reach close to 300, which will be a record for us."
"Everybody has a part, from the smallest child decorating the tables to returning youth helping adults members make deliveries."
One of the youth carrying trays to each food station was first time volunteer Kobe Neuble. "It's been fun as I helped serve," said Neuble, smiling.
"Food is great and the company is great," said Linda Wright as she enjoyed her Thanksgiving meal. "Who wants to be shut in alone at home when you can be surrounded by great company.
"It's good for churches to reach out to the community like this and take time from their busy schedules to make sure people have a good Thanksgiving. It's all good."
Mariko Irving, a graduated youth member, replied, "If these meals place a smile on someone's face and makes them happy, then I'm happy too."
Wharton remarked, "We know with the economy people are in need of help more than ever, so the youth are reaching out to help them.
"We have had calls from people in tears as far as Nashville looking for a warm meal. We do what we can."
"Giving something back, that's what we all strive for," said church member Larry Joe.
As this year's Thanksgiving outreach came to a close Minister David Meek commented, "This has been a successful program for our youth group. This outreach helps teach our youth to reach out than just to receive. Plus helping to provide a good, hot meal to those that might not have had one today."
Night News Editor Marie Corhern can be reached at 444-3952, ext. 46 or by e-mail at mariecorhern@lebanondemocrat.com

 

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