Volunteers to serve Washington Countians by serving Thanksgiving dinner

November 26, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- Volunteers logged several hours in the kitchen earlier this week to prepare Thanksgiving meals that will be served Thursday to Washington County residents who are lonely, needy or just plain hungry.

Bishop Alfred J. Smith of the Word of Life Outreach in Williamsport said his church expects to feed about 700 people from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"With the Lord's blessing, we'd like to feed as many as we can," Smith said.

He said the church also plans to give away clothes and canned food.

Roughly 30 church members and other volunteers cooked about 20 turkeys, Smith said. The meal will include ham, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin pie.

"To have someone call and say they want to serve someone ... That's a blessing from God," Smith said. "That's just great."


In addition to serving meals at the church, volunteers also will deliver food to people who are unable to travel, Smith said. People can call the church today if they have nowhere to go and need a meal.

"We don't want to miss anyone," Smith said. "If they call that same day, they can still get that meal."

Boonsboro Bible Church also will deliver Thanksgiving meals today, church member Crista Noyes said.

"We wanted to be able to give back to people who didn't have a place to go, who didn't have a family," Noyes said. "It's for anybody."

Noyes said she anticipated that Boonsboro Bible Church would serve about 100 people from noon to 4 p.m. They'll serve three turkeys -- one is a 25-pounder -- with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and other Thanksgiving standards.

"(The congregation) did a sign-up sheet where they agreed to bring different covered dishes," she said.

Bruce Shank, executive director of the Hagerstown Rescue Mission, said he expects about 300 people will dine there. The meal, he said, is to last from noon to 1:30 p.m.

"It's really open to anyone who wants it," he said. "If anyone is lonely and wants to spend Thanksgiving with other people, they're welcome."

Shank said much of the food that the mission will serve was donated. Volunteers started peeling potatoes earlier this week, he said, and a local restaurant prepared the turkeys.

Shank said the Mission will hold a worship service at 11:30 a.m. to give thanks before dinner.

Thanksgiving meals are available Thursday at the following locations:

  • The Hagerstown Rescue Mission

    125 N. Prospect St., Hagerstown

    noon to 1:30 p.m.

  • Boonsboro Bible Church

    6741 Old National Pike, Boonsboro

    noon to 4 p.m.

    To have a meal delivered to your home, call 240-818-8469.

  • Word of Life Outreach

    15251 Falling Waters Road, Williamsport

    11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    To have a meal delivered to your home, call 301-302-3399 or 301-991-3834.

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