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Thanksgiving meals offered throughout the Fay-West

| Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A turkey dinner with all the trimmings is a meal that always makes people think of family and sharing.

For those in the area that are looking for that holiday meal to enjoy, there are several churches and organizations that are preparing special dinners on Thanksgiving day.

A homemade community Thanksgiving dinner that will be served from 1 to 4 p.m. hosted by the Wellspring Church in Scottdale.

This is the first big Thanksgiving meal the church is offering to the public and it is hoping to see a large turnout.

Church members will be preparing the food. Everyone is welcome.

“The meal is open to anyone,” event coordinator Cheryl Thomas said. “Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and a time to be with your family and your loved ones. This meal is a great way for those who may be hit with the bad economy or may be whose family can't make it in for the holiday. There are no financial guidelines here. We just want you to come and eat and to enjoy. We like to feed people.”

Transportation for the dinner can be arranged.

The meal is cost free but donations will be accepted and all proceeds will then be put towards a Spring mission trip that members of the church will be taking.

A community Thanksgiving day meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Mt. Pleasant, located at 822 W. Main St. in Mt. Pleasant.

Church members and volunteers prepare the food.

The meal is made possible by donations received from local churches, businesses and other organizations.

The meal is for dining only, but for those who can not drive, volunteers will provide transportation both to and from the meal.

The food is prepared on site the morning of the event and everyone is welcome.

Members of the 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry whose headquarters are at the Mt. Pleasant National Guard Armory will be delivering home cooked meals to people in the surrounding communities from 11 to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving day.

“The meal is prepared and delivered by retirees, current unit members and their families and we also have a group of high school students who help,” Maj. Tim Moreau said.

The meal is in its 23rd year.

While most of the 300-plus meals prepared are delivered, Moreau said people are also welcome to come to the facility itself to dine there if they choose.

Meals will be delivered to anyone who would like a fresh-cooked meal that lives in a 20-mile radius of the facility.

“This is just one way that we can give back to the community,” Moreau said of the cost free meal. “We have had many deployments and the people of this community have gone over and above in their generosity to us and the community is basically who we support. We want to give back and we can do it in a small way with this meal.”

Moreau said for those who wish to have meals delivered, they are to call and give their name, telephone number, address and the number of meals needed.

The meals are all free.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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