Churches Serve Up Holiday Meals

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

A number of Bowling Green churches opened their doors for the Thanksgiving holiday to serve up free meals for anyone stopping by.

In Bowling Green, Hillvue Heights Baptist Church, the First Christian Church and State Street United Methodist Church all held their own Thanksgiving meals for those in need or those just wanting a little company.

"We get together and make turkey and we eat!" said 12-year-old Felix Villatoro.

Church members and volunteers around the area delivered hundreds of Thanksgiving meals to people and served up plenty of food.

"It's been huge! We're running out of food," said Trisha Lackey, who was volunteering at Teresa's Restaurant for Hillvue Heights Baptist Church.

But to those giving and receiving this food, there's more to this holiday than what meets the eye.

"Many of us feel we have been given so much that there is an opportunity for us to give back to those who may not have as much," said Paul Fryman, pastor at State Street United Methodist Church.

"I think it's helpful for the people who receive the food to understand that they are thought about, cared, and loved and I think its also our responsibility to reach out and help individuals," added volunteer Martin Elmes.

These holiday meals aren't only about feeding those in need. It's also about feeding those who just want a little company, like William Baldwin.

"I have no family basically here, so I come here for Thanksgiving," Baldwin said.

Baldwin says events like these are something many people like himself look forward to.

"Almost like a hometown family type thing for alot of people," said Baldwin.

Something that is truly appreciated by those receiving--

"I don't know how they can not appreciate it. I really don't. It's just a fine get together," said Harvey Mavis.

And those giving--

"Seeing those individuals who say to you, 'Thank you for doing this for me, I would not have had a meal without it.' That makes it all worthwhile," said Pastor Paul Fryman.

Making this holiday one that many of these people won't forget.

Hundreds of Thanksgiving meals were also delivered by the churches.

Many of the volunteers were members of the churches preparing the meals, as well as people within the community that just showed up to help.

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