On Thursday morning, November 26, Thanksgiving 2020, a steady stream of cars and trucks arrived at the social hall of First Baptist Church, the big church right in the middle of town by the red light. People poured out, delivered casseroles - broccoli and squash and sweet potato, big foil pans of dressing, containers of gravy, and stacks of pumpkin pies, and of course, macaroni and cheese. Volunteers came to prepare take-out plates, to deliver them to public safety workers like deputies and police officers, first responders (paramedics, EMTs, etc.), and homebound members of the church. Between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., these volunteers served forty-four people.
This project was an outgrowth of a program the church once did, and Tom McCoy, the church’s youth director, says they hope to expand it next year to serve even more. There was a time when they served as many as 300 people. The youth were faithful to show up and work. They helped smoke turkeys, serve plates, clean up, deliver plates, and fix huge jugs of sweet tea. As they worked, they learned what it feels like to serve others, to do God’s work. Many parents also helped as well as various church members.
Fortunately, there were twenty-one slices of pie left over, which the volunteers promptly and joyously took care of.