The Richmond Register

November 23, 2012

Giving thanks by giving back

Volunteers made holiday possible for many families

By Bob Flynn
Register staff writer

RICHMOND — For most Madison County residents, Thanksgiving Day is a time to enjoy a large meal of turkey with all the trimmings with family and friends.

But for many in the community, having a hot Thanksgiving meal would not be possible without the help of some caring individuals, churches and other organizations.

Thursday, almost 100 people lined up outside the Baptist Campus Ministry Center at Eastern Kentucky University at 10:30 a.m.to pick up Thanksgiving meals and take them to residents across the county for Home Meals Delivery.

The program, which delivers between 55-60 meals each weekday, had around 325 meals to deliver yesterday.

At noon, the St. Paul AME Church on Francis Street and the Rosedale Baptist Church on Westover Avenue opened their doors to all who wanted to come inside and enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner.

Seeing a need in their community last winter, the St. Paul congregation began a food ministry to help feed those in need each Thursday at noon. About 80 people show up each week, and yesterday they were treated to a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Rosedale Baptist Church has been serving and delivering Thanksgiving meals for the past 12 years, said Robin Hensley, one of the meal coordinators

She said church members and community volunteers also delivered about 60 meals, as they do each year, to people who couldn’t get to the church. Another 100 or so were fed at the church.

Bob Flynn can be reached at bflynn@richmondregister.com.