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Community gathers for Thanksgiving

Holy Trinity Church In Hartford Offers A Thanksgiving Meal For Everyone

On Thursday, 830 meals were delivered to people in Winchester as well as Clarke and Frederick counties.

Church member Heather Housel is one of the many volunteers who have participated in the dinner in each of its eight years.

This year, the Community Thanksgiving Dinner served 677 people, close to the 685 people served last year. Every week a different church volunteers to prepare and serve a hot meal.

All food, beverage and supplies was donated from individuals and businesses.

"We'll probably feed over 2,500 people this year at this meal alone, and then we'll do a similar meal at the holidays", said Melissa Kendrick, the executive director of the Food Bank. "It's just a great way to bring our church community together".

The manager said the volume of the Thanksgiving Day deliveries shows what the power of working together for a good cause can achieve.

"Unfortunately, this year we, at both Trinity and at St. Joe's, weren't able to find people who were willing to step forward and take charge of planning and organizing the event", said Pastor Matt Peterson of Trinity Lutheran Church. "That's part of what Jesus did". "Partly because we just want to help serve the community and also it is just the two of us and it is a lot to make a big meal just for the two of us, so it kind of makes more sense we come here". Every day, faithful volunteers like those pictured come to CCM and help in the food pantry or the clothing closet or simply just come in to pray with clients who need prayer.

Volunteers begin cooking on Monday. She primarily worked on getting the mounds and mounds of mashed potatoes ready for the meals.

"We are helping people that really don't get help throughout the rest of the year". "But I'm also a believer that there comes a time when you've got to step aside and let other people step up and do their thing". "In house, we serve usually between 250-350 people".

"I'm away from family right now", he said.

Cushinberry's son, Garry, recalled earlier this week the ways his father would go around town and get donations for the meal, including lining up places for the dinner to be held.

"I enjoy doing this", he said. So the dinner was convenient and a way to spend more time with her daughter.

As the dinner has grown in popularity, Stewart said First Presbyterian needed help with meal preparation because of a lack of space.