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Thanksgiving dinner prepared by community for community

Posted: November 29, 2017 - 1:41am
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Lupe Moreno has been working with the Thanksgiving turkey dinner event for nearly 10 years.
Lupe Moreno has been working with the Thanksgiving turkey dinner event for nearly 10 years.

Thanksgiving Day began early, as it has for the past 20 years, for a handful of volunteers at Marvin United Methodist Church. They were in aprons and cooking before sunrise to warm food they had been preparing for the past week to feed more than 200 people.

This year, they prepared 27 turkeys with sides and fixings, including homemade giblet gravy and sweet potato pie. The food was packed and picked up by volunteers and members of the Grovetown Department of Public Safety, who plated and delivered the meals.

Meals recipients are found through local first-responder agencies and through school counselors.

Spearheading the meal preparation for the past decade was Marvin UMC member Mary Eash, who said the church has partnered with Grovetown United Methodist Church for the past three or four years.

"It's a labor of love," Eash said.

Grovetown Police Chief Scott Wheatley and others assisted in picking up the food around 10 a.m. from the church.

From there, the food was delivered to fire station 2 in Grovetown, where volunteers and first responders were at the ready to plate it.

Wheatley said three road patrols and one fire truck delivered the 214 meals.

Volunteering with the meal delivery for the first year was the newly formed Team Grovetown, a group of local residents who work on community improvement.

"We figured, through community service, you can kind of bring everyone together, no matter what you believe," said Team Grovetown founder Frank Estrada.

At the church, volunteers celebrated the successful meal preparation with a toast of sparkling grape juice.

 

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