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New volunteer serves meal

November 29, 2002|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

For the last five years, Candy Shuck has worked on Thanksgiving Day, rising at 4:30 a.m. to cook at Coffman Nursing Home on Pennsylvania Avenue.

With the holiday off this year, Shuck could have stayed home and slept in. She could have stayed out of the kitchen.

Instead, at 7 a.m., Shuck began helping approximately 24 other volunteers prepare the third annual Thanksgiving Day dinner at Grace United Methodist Church in Hagerstown's West End.

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"It's just nice to feed the people that aren't as fortunate," said Shuck, 26, of Hagerstown.

Her uncle, Ron Clipp, who organized this year's dinner with wife, Beth, said most of the volunteers help out because of "the enthusiasm they've seen in us and the joy we get out of it."

In the serving line in the kitchen, Shuck shared laughs with friends and family as she tried not to concentrate on the fact that a photographer was taking her picture.

Shuck served the mashed potatoes she helped make when she and four other volunteers spent the morning peeling 60 pounds of potatoes.

She also cut cranberry sauce, went to Wal-Mart to buy butter and rolls, refilled drinking glasses, cleaned off tables and set out new place settings.

With Shuck at the church Thursday, her husband and children spent the holiday with his family. Her mom and dad were both working, but dad, Donnie Clipp, made time to come over to the church for dinner.

Shuck's family will celebrate the holiday together Saturday.

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