Thanksgiving dinners planned

Published 10:10 pm Thursday, November 14, 2013

A number of local churches and organizations are providing hot meals for the hungry this Thanksgiving Day.

The Coalition Against Poverty in Suffolk and local churches are sponsoring a meal at the Salvation Army, 400 Bank St., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The food will be prepared by Mercy Chefs.

“I am excited about Thanksgiving Day,” the Rev. Michael Halley said this week.

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Nora Butler, who is on the board of the Salvation Army, said the dinner is open to all who need food or don’t have anybody with whom to share the holiday meal.

“I really see this as bringing people together,” she said.

After dinner, transportation will be provided to Liberty Baptist Church for distribution of clothing and blankets.

The event will use volunteers for parking, greeting people, serving food, sitting and talking with people during the meal and carpooling to Liberty. Volunteers are also needed on Wednesday morning for setup.

To sign up to eat at the meal or to volunteer, call Suffolk Christian Church at 539-9182 by Nov. 21. Donations will also be taken to defray the cost to Mercy Chefs.

Three local churches also are holding their own Thanksgiving dinners. Metropolitan Baptist Church, 125 County St., will hold a dinner from noon to 3 p.m.

Bethlehem Christian Church, 312 Bute St., will hold its dinner from 1 to 3 p.m.

New Paul’s Temple Holiness Church of Deliverance will have dinner and a clothes giveaway from noon to 2 p.m.