Hun­dreds gather for Thanks­giv­ing meal

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

The 41st an­nual com­mu­nity Thanks­giv­ing din­ner hosted by Fam­ily of Woodstock drew about 600 peo­ple who were served by more than 100 vol­un­teers.

A long line formed out­side the town’s Mescal Horn­beck Com­mu­nity Cen­ter on Rock City Road, start­ing at 1 p.m. Thurs­day, for a feast that kept the park­ing lot packed un­til clos­ing time hours later.

“We can’t count peo­ple, so we count plates,” said or­ga­nizer Ta­mara Cooper, a Fam­ily house di­rec­tor. “It’s a lot of peo­ple, al­ways a good time.”

About 1,000 plates were pre­pared this year for the Woodstock feast, Cooper said, not­ing that last year about 600 plates were served in house and about 300 take­out meals were pre­pared. Home­bound call­ers can have din­ners de­liv­ered to them door for free.

Vol­un­teer Cameron Williams, who has worked the event for about six years, said, “It’s fun. I love Thanks­giv­ing. It’s my fa­vorite hol­i­day be­cause we all have some­thing for which we can be thank­ful.”

“I love it here in Woodstock be­cause ev­ery­body comes out,” Williams said. “It’s not just the hun­gry and the street peo­ple. It’s your neigh­bors, and we get to catch up with each other.”

The food in­cluded stan­dard Thanks­giv­ing fare and some fancy side dishes do­nated by res­tau­rants in Woodstock, Kingston and Saugerties. One fa­vorite dish, gob­bled up quickly, was a co­conut-based curry veg­etable soup from Yum Yum Noodle Bar.

Fam­ily, a mul­ti­pro­gram hu­man ser­vices agency, was founded in 1970 and pro­vides as­sis­tance through­out Ul­ster County.

MID-HUDSON NEWS NET­WORK

The kitchen at the Mescal Horn­beck Com­mu­nity Cen­ter in Woodstock was buzzing with ac­tiv­ity on Thanks­giv­ing.

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