Caroline’s helping hands
Community delivers Thanksgiving meals to those in need
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.”
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.
First responders helped deliver Thanksgiving in Caroline County.