Tabulations have been completed and this year’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner in Russellville served a record amount with approximately 1,225 meals.
“We served approximately 1225 meals, including delivery, take-out, and those who came to eat at First Presbyterian,” said event coordinator Shayna O’Kelley. “We had a record number come to enjoy the restaurant-style meal we served at the church. It was nice to see so many people come join us!”
Every year, the Community Thanksgiving Dinner serves meals free of charge to anyone that wants one.
It couldn’t be possible without the help of many volunteers, however.
“During the week of Thanksgiving, Monday through Thursday, we had approximately 175 people volunteer at the various events during the week, from turkey carving and slicing pies to packaging meals and delivering them,” O’Kelley said. “We had an additional blessing of over 150 different churches, businesses, and individuals who made contributions to our dinner. Plus, Tom ‘Pie King’ O’Kelley and his team baked 107 pies this year!”
The work of the donors and volunteers is very much appreciated.
“Every year, we receive fantastic support from our community and while I organize the dinner, it simply would not be possible without all of the wonderful people who help bring the Community Thanksgiving Dinner to fruition,” O’Kelley said. “There are many people who work tirelessly towards our goal of feeding the community and I don’t have words that can adequately describe how grateful I am to everyone who helped. Every job a volunteer takes on for this event is important and whether someone made one casserole or delivered 75 meals, I truly appreciate every single one of the people who make the dinner possible.”
To contact OJ Stapleton, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.