Caro­line’s help­ing hands

Com­mu­nity de­liv­ers Thanks­giv­ing meals to those in need

Times-Record - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

DEN­TON — Caro­line County cel­e­brated the 25th an­niver­sary of the Com­mu­nity Thanks­giv­ing Din­ner Thurs­day by prepar- ing 1,125 free Thanks­giv­ing meals for com­mu­nity mem­bers in need.

The din­ner is spon­sored by NUTS (Neigh­bors United To Serve), and pro­vides any­one and ev­ery­one, free-of-charge, no-ques­tions-asked, tra­di­tional home-cooked roasted turkey din­ners with all the trim­mings. The din­ners are de­liv­ered to any­one who puts in a re­quest. Meals in­clude turkey, stuff­ing,

mashed pota­toes, yams, corn, string beans, pie, rolls and cran­berry sauce.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers, lo­cal churches, po­lice de­part­ments from Den­ton, Ridgely, Greens­boro and Fred­er­als­burg, along with the Caro­line County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, Mary­land State Po­lice, lo­cal fire­fight­ers, emer­gency ser­vices and Lions Club mem­bers from Ridgely, Den­ton, Federalsburg, Greens­boro and Mary­del pre­pared meals at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Den­ton and Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion Catholic Church in Mary­del dur­ing the week and de­liv­ered meals to lo­cal res­i­dents on Thurs­day morn­ing.

The lo­cal agen­cies and or­ga­ni­za­tions had been pre­par­ing the Thanks­giv­ing meals since Mon­day, with the tur­keys be­ing cooked by stu­dents from Caro­line County Public Schools and the Culi­nary Arts Depart­ment.

“One of my fa­vorite things I see here is the dif­fer­ent ages that come and help,” said Dea­con Bill Nickum of St. Bene­dict’s/St. El­iz­a­beth’s Catholic Churches. “We have young chil­dren, and peo­ple who have vol­un­teered for the en­tire 25 years out help­ing.

“The chil­dren re­ally get a chance to learn a sense of ser­vice and sense of com­mu­nity by help­ing the adults pre­pare and de­liver the meals,” he said. “It is great to see the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween all the gen­er­a­tions for this event.”

Over the years, din­ners that were cooked in Den­ton’s smaller churches had to move out of ne­ces­sity to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, where the kitchen and hall are among the largest. Then they branched out to two lo­ca­tions. The sec­ond lo­ca­tion takes care of the north­ern end of the county, at Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion Catholic Church in Mary­del.

“We have a ver y large con­tin­gent of po­lice, fire­fight- ers and first re­spon­ders as­sist­ing us,” Nickum said. “I am so im­pressed with our po­lice, fire­fight­ers and emer­gency ser­vice per­son­nel in Caro­line County. They are giv­ing up their free time with their fam­i­lies to come out and ser ve their com­mu­nity.

“They are the face of the com­mu­nity,” he said. “Be­ing able to de­liver the meals in the com­mu­nity I think is just a won­der­ful ex­am­ple of how the com­mu­nity comes to­gether at Thanks­giv­ing to meet the needs of oth­ers.

“We are just very blessed to have so many peo­ple who come out here and help,” he said. “We could not do this with­out the peo­ple that come out here. With­out them, it would not hap­pen.”

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Caro­line County com­mu­nity mem­bers, in­clud­ing first re­spon­ders, picked up Thanks­giv­ing meals on Thurs­day at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Den­ton to de­liver to lo­cal res­i­dents in need.

Caro­line County com­mu­nity mem­bers, in­clud­ing first re­spon­ders, pick up Thanks­giv­ing meals on Thurs­day at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Den­ton to de­liver to lo­cal res­i­dents in need.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

First re­spon­ders helped de­liver Thanks­giv­ing in Caro­line County.

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