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Church serves Thanksgiving feast

November 22, 2003

Albany- The Hines Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal missionary society works hard to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

"They get a free meal and everything to go with it turkey, dressing, candied yams, cranberry sauce, and a roll," says president Julia Driskell.

Fourteen years ago the church started out feeding 50 people, this year they expect to serve 300 meals.

"There are a lot of people who don't get a Thanksgiving dinner, so we just enjoy doing it for them," Driskell adds.

Those who come enjoy it as well. This is Joe Hicks' fourth year coming to the dinner.

"I just really look forward to it, and I could hardly rest last night because I was thinking about this day coming. I didn't even get a chance to eat breakfast because I said I want to come here and enjoy my Thanksgiving dinner with my friends and people at the church," he says.

The women serve everyone who can walk into the doors and even those who can't. Lucy Dunn prepares dozens of meals she'll deliver to the elderly, sick and shut-in.

"I realize one day hopefully I'll get old and I would want somebody to come and help me. So, it just makes me feel so good to see the smiles on their face when they see us coming," says Dunn.

It makes the missionary society feel like they've made a difference in the community....

"I enjoy eating the food and just in case I don't make it to the proper Thanksgiving, I would have already had Thanksgiving dinner thanks to the people at the church," says Hicks.

...and according to most, they have.

In addition to the meal, the church held a clothing give-away and also gave away four gift baskets full of non-perishable food items to needy families.

Posted at 4:30 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com