Min­is­ter’s Union host­ing com­mu­nity turkey din­ner

Con­tri­bu­tions and vol­un­teers needed

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - By Jenny Thompson

Mary Smith, project chair­per­son of the Min­is­ter’s Union Com­mu­nity Thanks­giv­ing Din­ner, said she is still in need of vol­un­teers and do­na­tions for the event Thurs­day.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thurs­day at Sharp Learn­ing Cen­ter cit­i­zens can en­joy a free feast.

“We have about 200 pounds of pota­toes to peel Wed­nes­day morn­ing and about 50 turkeys to cook Wed­nes­day night and Thurs­day morn­ing,” Smith said.

The menu will also in­clude corn­bread dress­ing, cran­ber­ries, string beans, corn, potato salad, rolls, cof­fee and desserts.

Left over food will be do­nated to the Com­mu­nity Food Pantry on Brown Street.

Smith ex­plained the din­ner was first or­ga­nized 20 years ago.

“A lot of peo­ple said they were go­ing to At­lanta to serve in soup kitchens,” Smith said, “and some­one said, why should we go to At­lanta when peo­ple are hun­gry here?”

The din­ner has served, at its largest, 1,500 peo­ple.

“With the econ­omy like it is to­day, we’re look­ing to see that many and more this year,” Smith said.

She added that a tight econ­omy also means the event has re­ceived less mone­tary and food con­tri­bu­tions.

Even with vol­un­teers from var­i­ous churches and high school clubs, Smith said potato peel­ers, cooks, servers and peo­ple to trans­port food to el­derly res­i­dents or trans­port se­niors to the meal are still needed.

To vol­un­teer or do­nate to the Com­mu­nity Thanks­giv­ing Din­ner, call (770) 784-0037.

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