Linton Church carries on Thanksgiving dinner tradition

Peter Castro
November 25, 2017

Shirley Bates has attended the dinner for four years.

For the third year in a row, community members provided a Thanksgiving meal for those who found themselves alone. "A lot of us, they may be on dope, they may doing whatever, but this is a place to get off the street for a little bit".

Reitzel smiled and shook her head.

"I've been talking to the people coming in, helping when and where I could, and it's made me feel really good", said Campbell. "One of the drivers has Heritage Village".

On Thursday, 830 meals were delivered to people in Winchester as well as Clarke and Frederick counties.

Volunteers delivered a Thanksgiving meal around the city, while the church hosted a sit-down meal for anyone to come and enjoy.

Volunteers at the meal were also spending time with their families.

"It's just a great spirit within our own church".

Between serving close to 800 meals either at the church or with deliveries, Taylor said the entire congregation was involved. The Lord's Diner held its first Thanksgiving day lunch and dinner making it an extra special holiday.

St. Joseph's Rev. James Collins agrees with Reitzel; the yearly dinner helps bring their community together.

"We have some excellent volunteers that work so hard to ensure these people get a meal on Thanksgiving", said Ackerman. "That's part of what Jesus did. We are just going what God calls us to do, to serve each other", says Zimmerly.

Deborah Barrows, Hartford's former acting police chief, was one of about 30 volunteers cooking, serving food and chatting with guests Thursday afternoon. She primarily worked on getting the mounds and mounds of mashed potatoes ready for the meals.

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"But even here, there's people in need", he said.

"It's good, I came past year", Roberts said as he sat down to enjoy his food.

"We send a letter out to people that have donated in the past around this time of year and what the community donates each year through that makes up the bulk of funding throughout the years", Ackerman explained.

"I'm away from family right now", he said. "Every day, they have to stand in line just to be insulted, pretty much".

The CDT began nine years ago, when friends and neighbors Ron Thompson and Lee Hammett, wanted to help to feed community members in need.

"Thanksgiving is the one holiday that everyone has in common, regardless of your faith or your religion, your spiritualness - whatever", she said. It's easy, even though you're exhausted when you get done, but it always works out handsome. Our seniors have served us and served our community.

He was working on Thanksgiving but decided to make a quick pit stop at the church for a turkey meal. Likewise, they may have somewhere else to go, or they may not.

"She called us saying her hot water heater wasn't working and her vehicle wasn't working and just asked if we could bring her a meal", Siverly said.

"We're very hopeful that it will come back", Peterson said.

At the church, volunteers celebrated the successful meal preparation with a toast with sparkling grape juice.

She said the organization hopes to partner with the Orwell American Legion Post next year. "It can be a humbling experience to serve others, and it puts your life in perspective". The impromptu dinner proved popular and became an annual tradition.

"It's good for them to do this every year", Kuhn said.

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