On Thanksgiving more than 115 volunteers filed into the Shelter to help prepare and serve hundreds of meals to some of those in our community that joined us for the holiday.
Preparation for the holiday began weeks before the actual day with a flurry of list making, shopping cutting, dicing and baking. Two dozen turkeys were served along with hams, dressing, sweet potatoes, corn, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls, gallons of tea and all manner of amazing desserts that the community provided. Donations truly make providing this meal a reality for the Shelter and we are thankful for all who do so much to help make it possible.
This year Lori Petiit, a Shelter resident who manages our kitchen, along with Joseph Cheatham, the Shelter’s weekend manager spearheaded the efforts to prepare food along with the help of a few dedicated volunteers. For days they worked to get all food prepared and organized for the meal. Volunteers arrived around 10 the morning of Thanksgiving and began serving food at 11. In addition to a delicious meal, anyone in need could get coats, gloves, blankets, socks, food, hygiene products and more thanks to the help of volunteers.
“It is such a heartwarming feeling to see so many who want to give part of their holiday to help others,” said Jennifer Laurent, Shelter executive director. “Many who came expressed how wonderful it was that people care enough to make sure that someone they don’t know has a meal.”
The Shelter is so grateful for those who reach out to help others. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank those that make it possible for us to do what we do each and every day of the year.