Caro­line giv­ing a help­ing hand

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT [email protected]­pub.com

DEN­TON — Caro­line County vol­un­teers made and de­liv­ered 1,003 meals on Thanks­giv­ing Day, Nov. 22, to com­mu­nity mem­bers in need.

The 27th an­nual Com­mu­nity Thanks­giv­ing Din­ner is spon­sored by NUTS (Neigh­bors United To Serve), and pro­vides any­one and ev­ery­one, free-of-charge, no­ques­tions-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.

DEN­TON — Caro­line County vol­un­teers made and de­liv­ered 1,003 meals on Thanks­giv­ing Day, Nov. 22, to com­mu­nity mem­bers in need.

The 27th an­nual Com­mu­nity Thanks­giv­ing Din­ner is spon­sored by NUTS (Neigh­bors United To Serve), and pro­vides any­one and ev­ery­one, free-of-charge, no­ques­tions-asked, tra­di­tional home­cooked 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, stu­dents, lo­cal churches, po­lice de­part­ments from Den­ton, Ridgely and Greens­boro, 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 and the Caro­line Op­ti­mist Club 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.

Caro­line County Pub­lic Schools and the Culi­nary Arts De­part­ment cooked all the tur­keys for the meals.

“We would not be able to do this meal with­out Caro­line County Pub­lic Schools,” said said Dea­con Bill Nickum of St. Bene­dict’s/St. El­iz­a­beth’s Catholic Churches. “They have the fa­cil­i­ties to cook all the tur­keys. We are grate­ful to them for be­ing our part­ner each year.”

More than 300 vol­un­teers helped with the prepa­ra­tion and de­liv­ers, which be­gan Thanks­giv­ing morn­ing at 5 a.m. Vol­un­teers ranged from chil­dren to se­nior cit­i­zens.

“Kids, el­derly, it does not mat­ter. They all come out to help,” Nickum said. “This is truly the love of neigh­bors giv­ing back and be­ing thank­ful.

“They all have that Thanks­giv­ing spirit,” he said. “It re­ally is a big com­mu­nity ef­fort. So many give up their morn­ings to put these meals to­gether. Many of been work­ing all week to pre­pare the meals.”

Nickum said one of his fa­vorite parts of day is see­ing all fam­i­lies with all gen­er­a­tions vol­un­teer­ing.

“The amaz­ing part about this is see­ing peo­ple start years ago with their chil­dren, and now they are grand­par­ents and their chil­dren bring their own chil­dren. I still see mom and dad, but now as grandma and grandpa. It is re­ally cool.”

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Caro­line County com­mu­nity mem­bers pre­pare more 1,003 Thanks­giv­ing meals on Thanks­giv­ing Day, Nov. 22, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Den­ton.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Caro­line County law en­force­ment agen­cies and lo­cal of­fi­cials help de­liver 1,003 Thanks­giv­ing meals on Thanks­giv­ing Day, Nov. 22.

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