On Thanksgiving Day, the Adams County community gathered at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church for a free Thanksgiving meal.
This year, the West River Ministerial Association and the Trinity Catholic Church are hosing the longstanding tradition of the Thanksgiving meal. The meal has been a consistent staple in the community since the early 70’s.
“We are not doing this for any other reason than to serve people. Everyone is welcome, no questions asked. We need more opportunities like this to get people from all walks of life together and interacting,” said pastor Duane Coats.
This year a lot of individuals in the community contributed to the event. The meal served roast turkey, baked sweet potatoes, the famous green bean casserole and coleslaw, homemade pies, and other Thanksgiving staples. Every turkey was donated and all the pies were homemade, making the dinner a truly unique and local event. There was also a basket for donation, however cash donation was not an obligation. The cash donations will go to the West River Ministerial Association to provide charity to people in need.
Steinbach said, “It might go to transient people that come through town that need a place to stay or a tank of gas. We also talked about a backpack program where they would provide food for students to take home over the weekend, so a portion of the money will go to that.”
Believe it or not, according to the organization Feeding America, Adams County has a child food insecurity rate of 10.5%. This means it’s estimated that about 50 children under the age of 18 years old do not have reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food.
The holiday season in full swing as well as the charity and goodwill that accompanies it. It’s the right time of year to be thankful for wonderful events like the Thanksgiving meal.