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Local churches and volunteers offer up Thanksgiving meals for community

Sunday, December 4, 2011

On Thanksgiving, Donna Byers helped serve up a huge meal to more than a hundred people she had never met before.

Byers and a host of other volunteers from Amazing Grace Fellowship Church in Thayer prepared the meal, which they served for free from 1-3 p.m. on Nov. 24 at Thayer High School.

By 1:30 p.m., more than 100 people had already come through the cafeteria for the meal that included all the traditional Thanksgiving fare -- and more.

All the food was donated by community members and cooked by volunteers.

"We had some people who are homebound who asked to help by baking turkeys in their home," Byers said.

The school district let the church use the cafeteria for free.

Last year, for the first community Thanksgiving dinner, the church served the food at TCB Cafe, now closed, at the corner of Chestnut and Front Street in Thayer.

As guests came into the school, they registered for a free Christmas dinner offered by the church. Meals also were delivered or could be called in ahead for pickup.

At 3 p.m., whatever food had not been served was taken to Shady Oaks nursing home and to the Thayer Police Department for those working on Thanksgiving day.

Amazing Grace Fellowship pastor Bro. Lemonds and other church members greeted guests as they arrived for the meal.

In Mammoth Spring, another free Thanksgiving dinner was hosted by Mammoth Spring Baptist Church at the Mammoth Spring Fire Station from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The church also delivered meals to homebound residents and picked up dinner guests who needed a ride.

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