Central Christian Church 21st Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
Central Christian Church holding 21st annual FREE Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, November 23RD at the church, 301 North 10th Street. According to Randy Sells, pastor at Central Christian Church. The dinner will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Over 200 volunteer from the church and surrounding area will take time away from their families; to make sure no one has to spend the Thanksgiving holiday alone. The volunteers include youth all the way up to senior citizens. Their duties include cooking; serving, cleaning up and making everyone feel welcome.
The dinner was originally started by a local physician. When he was unable to host the dinner. Steve Reynolds, a dedicated church member took over the tradition. “Steve realized that the long standing tradition was a great need in the community,” Sells said.
The first year the church fed about 100 people. In 2016, the dinner hosted around 1800 people. Steve Reynolds and his fellow hospitality team at the church will be cooking enough food to feed 2000 people this year. The church also delivers dinners for the Jefferson County meals on wheels program, Lifeboat Alliance, local police and fire departments. The dinner will consist of traditional turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, gravy, dressing, vegetables, hot rolls and homemade apple, blackberry and peach cobbler. And the traditional pumpkin pie.
The coat giveaway will be back this year. Gently used coats, sweatshirts, sweaters, gloves, scarves and warm clothing will be given away at the dinner.
The church is need of volunteers to serve, clean up and deliver meals.
To volunteer call the church office at 242-4185.
Sell says, “The church will also be delivering meals to homes of elderly, disabled or homebound people. However, you must call the church
242-4185 by Wednesday, November 22nd, at 12:00 noon.
Sells stresses that, “The holiday event is not just for people who can’t afford to cook a Thanksgiving dinner. We believe that no one should spend the holidays alone. This is just one way our church tries to minister to the community”.