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Churches, ministry planning to feed 1,200 on Thanksgiving

By Melanie B. Smith · 340-2468

A joint effort by three Christian groups will mean Thanksgiving meals for those who wouldn’t otherwise get one, possibly 1,200 people, said an organizer.

The free turkey dinner at Austinville United Methodist Church, 908 Lamar St. S.W., is also being sponsored by Progressive Christian Outreach Ministry and the Neighborhood Christian Center.

The sit-down dinner will be Thanksgiving Day, noon to 3 p.m. Meals may also be delivered.

Richard Cassis of the Austinville church said he asked God to increase numbers at the church dinner which recently has drawn about 200. He said that Progressive was not able to do a dinner this year but agreed to supply green beans and dressing.

The Neighborhood Christian Center will deliver meals as needed, he said.

Austinville church volunteers will prepare mashed potatoes and other dishes.

The owners of the Corner Eatery and Deli are baking rolls, others will cook sweet potatoes and he is smoking turkeys, Cassis said.

Cassis said he was happily surprised the cooperation pulled the dinner together. He also is expecting 50 to 60 volunteers.

“It’s a big undertaking,” he said.

Thanksgiving Day dinner

For reservations for the dinner at Austinville United Methodist Church, call 345-4010 or 227-8609 by Tuesday.

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