Hancock United Methodist Church to hold dinner for veterans

November 02, 2011|By DAN DEARTH |

A Hancock church wants to do its part to make sure veterans are appreciated this Veterans Day by holding a dinner in their honor.

Hancock United Methodist Church parishioner Shannon McKinley said Nov. 11 will mark the second consecutive year that the church has hosted the Community Veterans Day Dinner.

The event will be held from 2 to 6 p.m.

"It was my idea, and it just went from there," McKinley said. "We wanted to show appreciation to those who have given so much of their lives to our country."

McKinley said they decided to hold the dinner partly to give veterans who aren't mobile enough to enjoy free meals that chain restaurants offer in larger cities a chance to do the same thing locally.

She said each veteran will be allowed to bring one guest to the free meal, which will include fried chicken, scalloped potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and a dessert.

Participants won't have to show proof of their veteran status.

"It's on the honor system," she said.

About 100 people were fed during last year's dinner, McKinley said.

Parishioners are asking that veterans RSVP by calling the church office at 301-678-6440, so organizers don't run out of food.

"We won't turn anyone away," McKinley said. "I've done many volunteer things at our church, but this is the most meaningful we've ever had our hands on."


If you go

What: Community Veterans Day Dinner
When: Nov. 11, 2 to 6 p.m.
Where: Hancock United Methodist Church, 170 W. Main St. in Hancock.
To RSVP, call 301-678-6440.

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