Community comes together for Thanksgiving

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

On Thanksgiving Day, this Thursday, Nov. 22, the annual Community Thanksgiving Meal will be held at the new Morgan County High School in the cafeteria from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Calvary Baptist Church in Madison has been partnering with the school system and other community groups for decades to ensure everyone has the opportunity to eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Last year, nearly 300 people throughout Morgan County took advantage of the free Thanksgiving meal made possible by Calvary Baptist Church and the Morgan County Board of Education. About 100 volunteers prepared meals at Morgan County High School on Thanksgiving Day, serving families in the cafeteria or delivering takeout meals to people’s homes. This year, they plan to do the same.

“The Mission is to make sure that people have a meal on Thanksgiving Day,” said Angela Daniel, administrator at Calvary Baptist Church in Madison, pastored by Reverend Hoke Smith.  “It’s just nice to fellowship with everyone that come out to volunteer.”

According to Daniel, people can drop by the MCHS cafeteria or call to Calvary Baptist Church to request a meal delivered to their home. To request a meal, contact Calvary Baptist Church at (706) 342-4260.

“Churches and organizations donate their monies to help with the cost of the meals.

The High school prepares the meals and various organizations

assist with setting up assembly lines to prepare plates to go or dine in,” explained Daniel. “Flyers are distributed to Calvary’s Food Bank customers, Caring Place customers, Energy Assistant customers, and other areas around town to get the word out about the meals.”

The Community Thanksgiving Meal began over 35 years ago and was organized by Calvary Baptist and St. Paul’s AME Church. Over the years the event too large to accommodate at either of the churches. That’s when the Morgan County School System offered to host the event each year.

“We provide the space and help with cooking and preparing the meals. The church gather’s the names from the community who may benefit from receiving a Thanksgiving meal. The school nutrition department and other volunteers from the school system and the community ensure that this is a positive event,” said Jay Homan, assistant superintendent of Morgan County Schools.

“It’s a ministry that we do that is ordained by God,” said Daniel.  “We can’t thank our 2018 donors enough. We also thank the Board of Education for the use of the cafeteria.”

The event is sponsored by Calvary Baptist Church, The Episcopal Church of the Advent, Ingles Market, Rev. Alfred Murray, No Limit MC, Harvest Time Church International INC., Smyrna Baptist Church, Plainview Baptist Church

Bank Of Madison, Morgan County Branch NAACP, Rev. George Warren, Mayor and Mrs. Fred Perriman, Ben Patel, and Saint Paul AME Church. Morgan County High School is located at 1231 College Drive in Madison.

Because of Calvary Baptist’s annual community service project, local families will able to dine on traditional Thanksgiving cuisine courtesy of the local community volunteers and churches this Thursday.

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