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Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner set for Nov. 28


By Brianna Stephens
Advocate Associate Editor

The annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will offer hot meals and fellowship Thursday, Nov. 28, at the Montgomery County Health and Civic Center on East Locust Street.

This is the 18th year for the dinner, said Miranda Crouch, a member of the pastoral team at Queen Street Christian Fellowship.
The church along with the Montgomery County Ministerial Association and several local businesses and individuals come together to sponsor the event.

The day will begin with a light breakfast and music at 9 a.m. followed by the Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The free meal will include turkey, various sides such as mashed potatoes and dressing, and several desserts, Crouch said.

“We want to make sure that everyone has a hot Thanksgiving meal, so anybody can come. No questions asked,” Crouch said.

While it is a dine-in meal, she added meals will be delivered to the fire dept., police dept., jail and the dispatch office. Meals will also be delivered to the elderly and shut-ins at the Montgomery Square and Main Cross apartments.

Arrangements for those who need a meal delivered can be made with Crouch by calling 274-2994.

She estimates around 350 people will be served a meal through this event.

In addition to the meal, those who register at the door will have their name put in for the chance to win several door prizes, Crouch said. A wide variety of prizes are being donated from local businesses and individuals.

There is a need for volunteers to help with the event and donations of door prizes or funds to help pay for the meal.

Volunteer opportunities include serving, helping with registration, cooking, delivering meals, playing music, etc.

“Whatever (someone is) interested in doing, we’ll make sure we have a job for them to do,” Crouch said.

To volunteer, those interested can contact Crouch in advance or show up the day of the meal.

Being in her third year as a part of the event, Crouch said she is proud of the community for coming together every year to make the meal possible.

“It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s so worth while,” Crouch said.