By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor
The community came together on Thanksgiving to ensure everyone who wanted a traditional Thanksgiving meal got one. The 35-year-long tradition is facilitated by Calvary Baptist Church and St. Paul’s AME church in Madison, along with Morgan County High School.
Forty volunteers gave up time on Thanksgiving day to prepare and deliver hot Thanksgiving meals to 150 people in Morgan County.
“The menu was turkey, dressing, green beans, cranberry sauce,potato souffle and rolls,” said Angela Daniel, administrator for Calvary Baptist.
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.”
According to Daniel, the annual Thanksgiving meal would not be possible if it were not for the generosity of the local community.
“Our donors this year were: Calvary Baptist Church, PlainView Baptist Church, Bank of Madison, St. Paul’s AME Church, Union Springs Baptist Church, Morgan County Ministers Union, No Limit MC, Rev. Alfred Murray and Harvest Time International. We just want to thank all of our donors and let them know how much we appreciate all of their support,” said Daniel.
“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.”