Fordham church hosts Thanksgiving community meal

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Historic Church Hosts Free Thanksgiving Meal For Community

The La Crosse Community Thanksgiving Dinner is an area tradition that brings a sense of community to the forefront.

St. Peter's even recruits Ollie the Trolley to help bring people to the dinner who can't get there by themselves. Maybe they know each other, maybe they don't.

Elder, Kevin Russell, says he's been volunteering for this event since he was a little boy, and he wouldn't do thanksgiving any other way.

"We're very excited to be a part of this church family", she said.

"This is a wonderful way of serving people", Cairns said. Again, on Thursday, Nov. 23, the meal deliveries will occur. Everybody wants to do this.

The 350 to-go meals is the most they've delivered, but according to Keetra Welling, they were done earlier this year. "This is something that we as a congregation love to do". "We could be up at 350 or more".

Meals on Wheels in Redlands is an all-volunteer program and meals are delivered Monday through Friday to those who request it. "I'm happy to be able to assist in providing a hot meal to people in need today, and every day".

Church member Rich Johnson came in around 2 or 3 a.m.to get 10 turkeys started.

She served with the committee in previous years of First Presbyterian's Thanksgiving meals before a committee partner moved to Mandan, starting another annual meal there.

"Thankful for another day and being able to spend this with family and friends and being able to give back to community", she said. "We're supposed to go out and help the people and sow the seed for Christ". We have to be truly grateful.

Iliana Colon says she's fallen on hard times recently and this meal means so much to her.

"I'm relieved", Johnson said as the meal was winding down Thursday afternoon. "The food was good". Charmel Moreno's mother spent the first three days of the week making 20 homemade sweet potato pies for the meals. "It just makes you feel good".

Volunteers said it seems to grow each year, which was proven due to having more than 200 more residents than last year that came to serve.

Cushinberry said his father - who died at age 86 in 2008 - wanted to do something to help people as his way of "paying rent for being down here on God's green earth".

But while the food was delicious, it was the friendly atmosphere that people noticed the most.

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