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Community Thanksgiving Dinner Tradition Continues

Daily Globe Correspondent

SHELBY - Every year for the last 13 years the Shelby First Lutheran Church on Broadway has opened its social hall doors to the public to celebrate Thanksgiving Day with a community dinner.

This event was started by Jackie Davies because she wanted to give to the less fortunate in the community and make Thanksgiving a special day for everyone. It has become a tradition in this church and has attracted people from other churches in Shelby to volunteer.

The dinner this year takes place on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22 from noon until 2 p.m.

Davies commented her daughter and two sons have been there to help along with so many area volunteers. Like most moms when they are busy, Davies would sometimes call one son by the other son's name. The next year both sons wore name tags to tease mom. One of the sons (Dale) passed away this past year and Jackie says she will miss his smile while cooking the dinner this year.

Last year they served 250 people with over 30 volunteers helping the Wednesday before and on Thanksgiving Day. Davies said they had 12 hams, 15 turkeys, and lots of homemade pies last year. She knows this because she keeps records on the event each year.

Items needed to make this year's celebration a success are: turkeys, hams, homemade pies, and volunteers. Please call Davies or the church office to notify when donating any of these items.

There is a freewill donation, Davies said, but noted people don’t have to give to enjoy the meal.

Outside the kitchen is a sign that says “Kitchen - God's Crew.” Outside the social hall the sign says “Table Talk.” Davies commented the social aspect and fellowship of the day is invaluable.

Anyone interested in helping on Wednesday, November 21 (wrapping silverware and setting up tables) and/or Thursday, November 22 (cooking and helping to serve, along with clean-up) can call the church office at 419-347-7675 or Davies at 419-631-5072. For carry-out orders, please phone the church office before November 22. No deliveries.

The menu consists of: turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potato casserole, corn, rolls, pie, coffee, tea, or milk.

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