By JODI MYERS
Daily Globe News Editor
SHELBY - With Thanksgiving just a little over a week away, Jackie Davies is getting ready for the annual Community Thanksgiving dinner at First Lutheran Church.
The event started in 2005 when Davies ask then Pastor Bond about hosting a dinner at the church.
“I had wanted to do it for quite a few years and Pastor Bond wasn’t too sure about it but I finally talked him into letting me do it,” Davies said. “I wanted to do it because there are so many people who are alone and they don’t have family.
“Even if they do have family, they can’t always get together on Thanksgiving,” she added. “And I thought this would be great, maybe people could make new friends and just have a good meal.”
The dinner will be served from noon to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving day at First Lutheran which is located at 33 Broadway.
They will serve turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato casserole, corn, assorted homemade pies and coffee, tea and milk.
Davies said the meal is free but people may make freewill donations if they like.
There will be carry out orders but no deliveries will be made that day. Davies said those wanting a carry out dinner should call the church office at 419-347-7675 to make their order by Wednesday, November 22 telling their name, if they would like turkey or ham or both and how many dinners. People may then pick up their food on Thanksgiving afternoon at the church.
It takes a lot of food and volunteers to pull off an event like this and Davies said they still need both this year.
“I only have one turkey so far,” she said. “Last year I had 12 turkeys and five hams. I need turkeys, hams and pies.
“Last year we ran out of quite of bit of stuff, so we’re increasing our list this year. Instead of four boxes of potatoes we’re making six boxes,” she said, noting they had 250 people show up for the dinner last year. “I’m still aiming for 300.”
Those wishing to donate food may also call the church office at 419-347-7675 or they may call Davies at 419-631-5072. “But as far as the turkeys and hams I would prefer they call the church office,” she said.
Volunteers are also needed, with Davies saying they had 30 people volunteer last year. Davies said she could also use volunteers on Wednesday before the dinner to help wrap silverware and to set the tables. People interested in volunteering may call Davies.
Davies said people should come out to the dinner to socialize, make new friends and to enjoy a some good food.
“Just come out to enjoy a good meal and enjoy the fellowship,” she said.