Local organizations are volunteering their time on Thursday to provide warm meals to neighbors in the community.
Different churches such as the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin will be offering free meals to the public, which require no reservation. For the ninth year, on Thursday, from noon to 2 p.m., the community is invited to Tartan Hall on 26 Church Street in Franklin for a sit-down meal. Jim Jeary, who serves on the church's community relations team, said that the meal isn't focused on anything religion, but instead is a way for the church to give back to the community. “I think events like these do a world of good for the community, plus it helps get the church out there,” said Jeary. “We want to be able to offer a meal to those who may not be able to celebrate Thanksgiving and for those who may not get to see their families. Anyone who comes through our doors are treated just like family.”
Jeary said that the church will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the fixins' like gravy, cranberries, mashed potatoes and of course, turkey.
In addition to offering meals to those who come on Thursday, the church will also provide transportation to and from the church for anyone needing it on Thursday. Take-out for shut-ins will also be available. For more information, call the church office at (828)524-3119.
Volunteers at Green Street Mission Chapel on Green Street in Franklin will be hosting a Thanksgiving festival with games, fun, fellowship and a warm meal from noon to 6 p.m. “We believe that it is imperative in our beliefs that we share the holidays with people in the community,” said Pastor Shannon Sayer. “This is not a hand out, but instead, we are inviting people to come and be a part of our family.”
According to Sayer, this is the church's second year hosting the Thanksgiving festival, which is centered around family togetherness. “We are going to have a bunch of children's games and family activities,” he said. “We want the day to be family oriented. We will be frying turkeys all day and passing out meals to anyone who wants to stop in.”
Take-out meals will also be available upon request. For more information, contact Pastor Shannon Sayer at 421-2165.
For those who want to spend Thanksgiving in with their families, CareNet is offering Thanksgiving dinner boxes, which can be picked up from now until Thursday.
According to CareNet's new executive director Shaina Adkins, CareNet has prepared boxed dinners for families in Macon County that include either a turkey or ham, two boxes of stuffing, cranberry sauce, two cans of green beans, a box of mashed potatoes and a bakery item such as a cake or other pastry. “We were a little late getting started this year because our turkeys hadn't come in yet, but we are passing out boxes now,” said Adkins on Friday. She noted that on the program’s first day, CareNet distributed nearly 20 boxes.
Adkins anticipates that this year will exceed the 2011 number of 164 boxes. “We started getting calls in at the first of the month about the Thanksgiving program,” said Adkins. “I believe we will give out more boxes and be able to cater to more families this Thanksgiving.
CareNet will continue distributing Thanksgiving dinner boxes until Wednesday, and then will be closed on Nov. 22 and 23. For more information about the program, call CareNet at 369-2642.