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Holiday dinners offer food, fellowship

November 27, 1998

Dinner to goBy BRYN MICKLE / Staff Writer, Martinsburg

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Nothing against her dog and cat, but Nancy Angle was looking for a little bit more companionship on Thanksgiving Day.

Angle, along with about 60 others, spent the holiday laughing and eating in the basement of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waynesboro as part of a volunteer effort to prevent anyone from having to spend the day alone.

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"I would have been home all alone," said Angle, a Waynesboro resident.

Sitting next to Angle, an Emmitsburg, Md., woman said the dinner was a welcome break from caring for her husband, a stroke patient.


"It's a real treat for me," said Marsha Shriner. "I'm really appreciative of this meal."

Susan Brall, the coordinator for Waynesboro Human Services, said about 60 volunteers cooked about 130 meals Thursday morning to serve to anyone who wanted a holiday dinner. Brall said about 70 meals were delivered by volunteers to people who could not make it to the church.

Brall said the meal can mean as much to the people serving it as it does to those eating.

"I think they just feel good helping people and making things a little bit more pleasant," Brall said.

One of the volunteers, Bev Pirozzi of Waynesboro, said the opportunity to help others is a blessing that lets her enjoy the happiness of others.

"You see lonely people in a family atmosphere," she said. "It gives people a chance to spend time together."

Pirozzi, who has volunteered for the dinner for five years, said she gets an additional satisfaction watching the children help others.

"I love watching the children serve," Pirozzi said. "It lightens my heart when I see these kids want to do that."

Volunteers at the Martinsburg Union Rescue Mission in Martinsburg, W.Va., also opened their doors Thursday afternoon to serve 180 dinners to anyone who wished to join them.

"The holidays are not fun for everybody," said Rev. William Crowe. "They can be rough for a lot of people."

Crowe said the Rescue Mission's annual Thanksgiving dinner went off without a hitch.

"It was a great day which we thank the Lord for," Crowe said.

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