Trinity United Methodist Church, 530 Guilford St., Huntington. will be hosting their 35th annual community-wide Thanksgiving Day Meal. Volunteers from all over the community will donate food and time to prepare and serve a turkey dinner with all the trimmings for over 600 Huntington County residents.
Trinity’s first community Thanksgiving Day Meal took place in 1986. Two church members wanted a special outreach project. They had noted that Meals on Wheels would not be delivering on Thanksgiving Day and they wanted to share a meal with those in the community that might not be able to afford the big feast with their families. They considered those who would be alone for the day and wanted them to come with anyone else who desired to join neighbors and friends at the church for food and fellowship at no cost.
The church members prepared and served 70 meals that day. In 1990, over 90 meals were served in Epworth Hall at the church and more meals were delivered to shut-ins by volunteers. A total of 100 people were involved in the project. As in past years, any leftovers were taken to the Evergreen Manor and The Huntington House.
By 1994, the project delivered nearly 400 meals to those that came to the church for Thanksgiving dinner or had a meal brought to their home. A total of 69 volunteers from 11 other churches represented along with Trinity members to provide for the community.
A slightly different format will be followed for this year’s meal. The meals will be available by drive-thru and delivery only. No in-house dining will be available to avoid exposing workers to COVID-19.
Call the church office at 356-0961 with any questions or any request to have dinners delivered on Thanksgiving Day. Those needing delivery are asked to call by Tuesday, Nov. 23.
Interested parties may also call to volunteer for the event. All workers must be vaccinated and wear masks to help in the church during the week of Thanksgiving.