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Steve Stewart

Church cooks, feeds, serves and delivers

Operation Breadbasket Assembly, an annual Thanksgiving feast organized by Progressive Christian Outreach Ministry, served more than 700 meals this year.

A total of 114 volunteers helped cook, serve and deliver meals to 650 Decatur residents, including all Meals on Wheels clients. The church, which cooked 25 turkeys, fed most of the volunteers as well.

“The people (served) was down from last year,” said Progressive Christian’s Jamila Smith, “but the way we came together as a community was great.”

Next year, the church may make deliveries to Hartselle, she told Paul Huggins.

Open for hospitality

Becky McNutt provided free breakfast, lunch and dinner for Decatur police officers and other city employees who worked Thanksgiving Day. She did it at Billy’s Mini Market on Sixth Avenue Southeast, across Eighth Street from McDonald’s, which was closed that day like most restaurants.

The menu included eggs, hash browns, turkey, dressing, ham, pork chops, casseroles, vegetables, salad and dessert. Becky had served 76 plates by 9 p.m.

“There are just not a lot of places to eat” on the holiday, “and I figure since they’ve got to work, somebody ought to be nice enough to feed them,” Becky said. She has been doing the same thing every Christmas since 2003, and plans to make the Thanksgiving feed annual, too.

Family business

Becky’s mother, Joann, and brother Paul ran the store while she cooked and served. Their family has owned Billy’s Mini Market for 45 years.

“My sister is a great cook,” said brother Eugene. “She’s a good woman and a good sister, just a very conscientious lady. I think the world of her.”

Monday-morning quarterback

Jacob Randall, 5, watched closely when he attended the Iron Bowl in Tuscaloosa with his parents, Mike and Heather Randall of Florence.

Last week when Mike picked up Jacob from kindergarten, Mike broke the news that Mike Shula would not be the University of Alabama coach anymore.

“He shouldn’t have gone for that field goal,” Jacob replied, according to grandfather Mike Walker of Trinity.

Turkey for dinner (guest)

Any smart turkey would stay far away from Thanksgiving dinner. But a live one broke into Sandy Cobbs’ house through her dining room window in Bloomington, Minn., while Sandy was preparing sweet potatoes and vegetables.

“It’s terrible. My house is a disaster!” Sandy said the next day. Glass still littered the bloody carpet.

She and husband Bill live near the Hyland Lake Park Reserve and see wild turkeys nearly every day, The Associated Press reported.

Send stories for You Don’t Say to, or call Weekend Editor Steve Stewart at 340-2444. Or write P.O. Box 2213, Decatur, AL 35609. Daily staff members contribute many of the items you see here. This column appears Sundays and Wednesdays.

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