POINT PLEASANT — A tradition going on 20 years returns to the table when Thanksgiving dinner is served to the community at the Presbyterian Church next week.
The free community dinner is from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday at the church located at 714 Main St. Carry out and delivery will be available for those who are disabled, but reservations should be made at least one day prior to the dinner by calling 304-675-2170, or 304-675-4883. The earlier the notice, the better to allow church volunteers to plan for just how many containers and drivers they will need.
The dinner will include turkey, stuffing, dressing, green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, gravy, cranberry salad, rolls and drinks. Desserts are also provided and prepared by members of the congregation.
The church will be preparing 14 turkeys that are each 20-plus pounds and 100 pounds of potatoes. This year, the church had local potatoes and sweet potatoes donated to the dinner. The donation is from the West Virginia Department of Agriculture and the West Virginia Conservation Agency which piloted the state’s Potato Demonstration Product in the western region of the state this year, feeding local people with locally grown food in Mason County.
And, there are a lot of people to feed each year at the dinner, which is just as much about a meal as it is about fellowship and catching up with one another’s neighbors. Last year, there were 350 people who had Thanksgiving dinner at the Presbyterian Church.
Donna Lambert, member of the church, said in addition, this year, bags of food will be given to each child who attends the dinner as long as supplies last. These bags of food will consist of things like macaroni and cheese, soups, etc. Lambert said the idea is to give away food during a week when there is no school to ensure children don’t miss a meal. The congregation will be providing the bags of food.
The Thanksgiving dinner, Easter egg hunt and back-to-school carnival are just a few of the outreach programs the church provides to the community.
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