MARTINS FERRY — A variety of locations in Belmont County supplied free turkey dinners on Thanksgiving Day to residents who have been in want of a meal or simply on the lookout for some firm for the vacation.
The First Presbyterian Church of Martins Ferry continued its annual custom of handing out scorching turkey dinners on Thanksgiving Day. Anybody within the Ohio Valley was welcome to obtain a free meal on Thursday.
Beth Vickers, member of the church who cooks all of the meals for this system, stated they ended up beginning sooner than anticipated as many stood in line simply exterior the church doorways.
By simply after midday — the unique begin time of the occasion — volunteers had already served 50 residents with extra arriving periodically. Vickers slept in a single day on the church to make sure herself sufficient time to organize the meals for the day’s giveaway.
As every particular person made their option to the entrance doorways, church volunteers requested what number of meals they wanted and a desert desire. The order means relayed to the meeting line of volunteers within the decrease degree of the church the place they packaged up the meals. The attendee was then handed a container crammed with turkey and all of the fixins to finish a home-cooked vacation meal.
Susan Kane of St. Clairsville positioned her order for one meal. She stated she is initially from the Purple Metropolis and has attended the annual dinner for a few years however has missed the indoor, sit-down-dinners the church beforehand held previous to the COVID-19 pandemic. The meals are actually packaged for takeout solely although many are hoping to return to the previous subsequent yr.
Kane, a house well being aide, stated she labored through the day and deliberate to take the meal residence to take pleasure in when she accomplished her shift. She stated she lives alone and doesn’t really feel the necessity to prepare dinner a whole meal for simply herself, so she appreciates the church’s service of offering the dinners.
“It’s very good that they do that, very charitable and it’s factor for the group. Individuals are in a position to get out amongst one another,” she stated.
Sean Gleaves of Martins Ferry picked up three meals for himself, his spouse and a pal. He stated his spouse at the moment resides in a nursing rehabilitation heart after sustaining each a damaged arm and leg and as a consequence of prior accidents is taking a bit longer to heal. He stated he deliberate to take one of many turkey dinners to her and hopefully eat his along with her on the heart.
Up till the final two years, Gleaves stated he cooked Thanksgiving dinners. Nevertheless, since he’s now residence alone, he has utilized the church’s meal program.
“I admire that they do that for the group out of the goodness of their coronary heart. They don’t receives a commission for this they usually don’t anticipate any funds from anyone. … Church buildings in any group are right here to assist and don’t ask questions. It doesn’t matter who you might be or what stroll of life you’re from. It’s nice and I admire that,” he stated.
Martins Ferry resident John L. Glover stopped in towards the tip of the day for a meal. He stated he noticed the indicators on the church’s retailer and determined to cease by for one.
Greater than 100 individuals have been served on the annual occasion. Barb Vickers, Beth’s mom and an elder of the church who assists with the dinner giveaways, stated it was a really busy and gratifying day.
“It’s at all times so rewarding to do that. Hopefully we’ll have the ability to do it in home subsequent yr. After we do, we serve about 150 individuals,” she stated, including that everybody that got here in for a meal was grateful for the service.
Barb defined that this system all began years in the past with a promise Invoice Sutton, an elder of the church, made to God. She stated his son was within the hospital in essential situation. Sutton prayed that if his son have been saved that he would do no matter he might to assist these in his group, and that’s simply what he did. Vickers and her daughter, Beth, have continued the custom in his absence.
The free meals have been made potential via a fund the church saves for all year long, together with a donation of 9 turkeys and cranberry sauce from the Every day Bread Middle.
The Belmont County Salvation Military additionally supplied a Thanksgiving dinner to round 40 individuals which included turkey, corn, beans, noodles, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, together with loads of pie choices.
On Thursday morning, Maj. Lewis Patrick stated they have been gearing as much as serve the meals to 25 residents of the shelter together with anybody else that was in want of a meal at midday.
As soon as everybody was executed consuming, they have been in a position to chill, calm down, socialize and watch the soccer video games — a vacation custom for a lot of. Patrick stated the day means so much to the residents and others in want.
He famous that the volunteer Crimson Kettle staff have been out in any respect areas through the day accumulating donations to assist the Salvation Military’s efforts.
“It’s our aim to have the ability to assist as many individuals as potential that reside in the neighborhood, and if individuals are in want they will at all times name us to see what we are able to do for them,” he stated.
Newellstown Diner additionally served free dinners Thursday round midday.Terra Butler, proprietor of the diner, stated they’d a “implausible” turnout, serving round 40 individuals all through the afternoon. By 12:30, the diner was full, she stated.
That is the second yr the diner has supplied free meals to residents for the vacations. Butler stated they do it to provide anybody that wants meals or firm a spot to go.
“It’s simply one thing we love to do for individuals, those who don’t have locations to go. Individuals come for the vacations they usually actually like to speak about their conditions and actually open up. That’s what we’re right here for,” she stated.
Butler stated they plan to maintain it going sooner or later. She credited the workers for making the day potential as they volunteer their time to organize and work the day.
“They’ve grown to actually like this type of factor they usually have a good time doing it. Our prepare dinner goes out of his means to do that. I simply suppose that’s astronomical. To have workers that share the identical form of ardour for individuals as you do, it’s superb. They provide their time willingly and have time doing so,” she stated, including that the workers labored the evening prior and began at 6:30-7 a.m. Thursday morning prepping for the day.