Thanksgiving dinner gets new name, location for 2011 effort

The annual New Hope Thanksgiving Dinner has now become the Community Outreach Thanksgiving Dinner and that’s not the only change in the free meal.

The dinner has grown so much in the 10- plus years it has been in existence that other groups have joined in the planning, cooking, serving and deliver y of the meals. A nd the activity has outgrown the New Hope fellowship hall and kitchen area.

The cooking and serving will be done this year at the New Salem clubhouse and the outdoor cooking areas at Fair Park. Tables will be set up for serving and for those who want to eat their meal at the clubhouse and deliveries will be made from there.

The Thanksgiving dinner was started eleven years ago by New Hope Baptist members and that year served 400 people. It has become an annual affair and last year 1,025 plates were prepared and served, according to James King, outreach chairman.

“We have a lot of help from different churches and groups and it takes a huge number of volunteers to bring about a meal of this size,” he said.

The Thanksgiving Dinner will be served on Saturday, November 19, beginning at 11 a. m. The meal will consist of turkey and dressing with gravy, vegetables, cranberry sauce and dessert.

“We would appreciate volunteers and donations to help in any way. There is a planning meeting Saturday, Oct. 15, at 10 a. m. at New Hope and we hope to have other volunteers attend,” King said.

For more information, contact Doug Williams, 512-760,0128, Pearlie Mack, 512-446-6626 or Pam or James King, 446-7296.

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