By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor
The public is invited to the annual Thanksgiving Day Community Meal at Morgan County High School, orchestrated by Calvary Baptist Church and Saint Paul’s AME Church. The meal is a 35-year-long tradition, which seeks to ensure everyone has the opportunity to eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal among friendly faces.
Over the years, individuals, businesses and other churches have donated resources to help with the cost of the event. The high school cafeteria staff prepares the meal and volunteers show up to serve the people who come to dine at the high school and also to deliver meals to people who are homebound and unable to attend.
“The mission is to just make sure people get a Thanksgiving meal,” 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. It’s a Ministry that we do that is ordained by God. We can’t thank our donors enough. We also thank the Board of Education for the use of the cafeteria.”
Last year, the event fed about 150 families. In prior years, the event has fed up to 300 families. The meal will consist of Turkey, dressing, all the fixings and a dessert.
“Our prayer is that the organizations that have branched out on their own would look at this as a community working together which would show unity in the community,” said Daniel. “It’s not about some trying to outdo others, it’s about showing love, support and fellowship one with another.”
Drop in on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday Nov. 28 at 11 a.m. at the new Morgan County High School, located at 1231 College Drive in Madison. If you are in need of a meal to be delivered to your home, please call Calvary Baptist Church at (706) 342-4260. Also call the church if you are interested in volunteering the day of the event.