Thanksgiving community dinners roundup

November 18, 2009

Several churches and organizations in the Tri-State area are holding free community Thanksgiving dinners.

Saturday, Nov. 21

Greencastle (Pa.) First Assembly of God is holding its first free Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 3:30 p.m. at the ministry center next to the 525 E. Leitersburg St. church.

Many of the congregation members and some local grocery stores have donated food. The menu includes turkey and the trimmings.

Church volunteers are cooking for 200 people, but would like people to call ahead so they can get a head count and determine if they need more food. Call 717-597-7024 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Also, call if you need transportation or delivery for shut-ins.

Sunday, Nov. 22

The Williamsport Moose, at 119 N. Conococheague St. in Williamsport, is hosting its first community Thanksgiving dinner from 1 to 5 p.m. It will feature a traditional Thanksgiving menu.


Tuesday, Nov. 24

The Salvation Army is hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner at The Salvation Army church at 541 George St. in Hagerstown's West End. The dinner, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will include turkey and the trimmings.

Thanksgiving, Nov. 26

Waynesboro (Pa.) Area Human Services and The Fellowship of Churches are co-sponsoring a free community Thanksgiving Day dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Evangelical Lutheran Church at 43 S. Church St. in Waynesboro. This will be a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and the trimmings. There will be a pianist and Christmas caroling. If you are shut-in and need delivery, call 717-762-6941 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays.

Williamsport United Methodist Church is hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner for the Williamsport community from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church is at 25 E. Church St. The Clothes of Hope, a clothing ministry, will be open during the dinner.

Mark and Jayne Metcalfe's family is hosting its sixth annual free Thanksgiving dinner at the Lemasters (Pa.) Community Center. Dinner is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the community center off Steele Avenue. Reservations are preferred; call 717-328-2366. Delivery is available within the Tuscarora School District for senior citizens and those who are physically unable to join the dinner. In preparation, a potato-peeling party will be held at the community center at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Volunteers are welcome at the party, which will include more tasks than just peeling potatoes.

The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission is sponsoring a free community Thanksgiving Day meal at 11:30 a.m. in the Trinity Center. The Trinity Center is behind the rescue mission at 125 N. Prospect St. Parking is available off Church Street and along Walnut Street. The buffet is a traditional Thanksgiving meal with turkey and trimmings. Activities for children.

Trinity Lutheran Church is hosting a free Smithsburg community Thanksgiving Day meal. A traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings and dessert will be served from noon to 2 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church is at 16 N. Main St. in Smithsburg. For more information, rides or meal delivery, call 301-824-7460.

Boonsboro Bible Church, at 6741 Old National Pike, is holding its fifth annual community dinner, with the free dinner served from noon to 4 p.m. Deliveries are available for local shut-ins. For more information or directions, call 240-818-8469.

St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Martinsburg, W.Va., is sponsoring its ninth annual free, nondenominational all-are-welcome community Thanksgiving dinner. Dinner will be served from noon to 4 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic School at 110 E. Stephen St. in Martinsburg. For more information or to make a reservation, call 304-267-4893. Walk-ins are welcome.

-- Compiled by Julie E. Greene

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