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Nobody goes without a Thanksgiving meal

1,200 served by effort from 50 volunteers


New Salem Clubhouse was beehive of activity as ‘mass production’ line of volunteers cranked out 1,200 plates on Saturday. 
Reporter/Mike Brown New Salem Clubhouse was beehive of activity as ‘mass production’ line of volunteers cranked out 1,200 plates on Saturday. Reporter/Mike Brown The goal of Rockdale’s annual Community Outreach Thanksgiving Luncheon is that no one goes through the holiday period without a Thanksgiving meal and that’s pretty much what happened Saturday morning.

More than 50 volunteers gathered in the New Salem HD Clubhouse at Fair park to prepare, organize and deliver more than 1,200 meals.

The annual effort was begun at New Hope Baptist Church, which hosted the meal for many years. It grew to include many congregations and was moved to the New Salem Clubhouse last year.

“This effort makes it more evident that we all have a lot to be thankful for,” Rev. James King, outreach meal spokesman, said.

The 2012 meal got a huge boost from Rockdale’s Emmaus Project, which prepares and delivers meals every other Saturday.


From left, lots of details to check for Pearlie Mack, Pam King; visiting during a brief pause ‘on the line’ former co-workers at Rockdale Elementary School, ex-office staffer Betty Headrick and former longtime principal Jackie Thornton. From left, lots of details to check for Pearlie Mack, Pam King; visiting during a brief pause ‘on the line’ former co-workers at Rockdale Elementary School, ex-office staffer Betty Headrick and former longtime principal Jackie Thornton. Emmaus, led by Dr. Brad Owens, prepared 400 servings of chicken and dressing and combined their effort with the community dinner.

MORE MEALS— First Christian Church will hold its annual free Thanksgiving lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the church fellowship hall, corner of Bell and Scarbrough.

Anyone wanting to volunteer to help prepare and deliver the free meal may call the church office at 446-5090 between 9:30 a.m and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. See page 1A.



Doug Williams (L) and Obbie Mack bring in one of many trays of turkey breasts from pits outside clubhouse at Fair Park. Doug Williams (L) and Obbie Mack bring in one of many trays of turkey breasts from pits outside clubhouse at Fair Park.

Massive job of delivery starts with sorting and boxing, supervised by Rev. James King, at left. Massive job of delivery starts with sorting and boxing, supervised by Rev. James King, at left.

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