The ninth annual People Loving People Thanksgiving Dinner will be Thursday, November 22 at the Joseph Rogers Primary School in Rogersville.
The non-profit organization is asking for volunteers to help make, serve and deliver meals of turkey, ham, vegetables, rolls desserts and all the fixing to thousands of families in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. "As many as we can. We'll be prepared to serve at least 2,500, but I think we've gone up. We'll be prepared for more than 2,500 this year," said event organizer, Dr. Blaine Jones.
Jones said that because of the rising cost of food, the organization also needs more monetary donations to help the growing number of families. "The unemployment and economic situation in our area isn't much better," he said. "There are people who still need help. So for at least one day we're going to give them a good, hot meal, a traditional Thanksgiving dinner."
The dinner will be served to anyone who needs it. Guests are asked to come to the School Cafeteria to be served and pampered between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. “No one needs to be alone or not have a meal on this special holiday” said organizer Dr. Blaine Jones.
Those interested in attending the meal, receiving a delivered meal or arranging transportation to the meal should call (423) 293-3600 and leave a message to make arrangements for the meals.
Volunteers are needed to work in all areas of the event and anyone wishing to work should call Cary Lewis Barton at (423) 345-3743. Volunteers are especially needed at the end of the day to help clean the kitchen and cafeteria area. Help is needed to deliver the meals; serve in the dining hall and numerous other jobs. Last year over 350 people were used in various jobs and they will be needed again this year.
Another opportunity to help out in this event is by preparing desserts to be served. Also, cornbread, biscuits, and white bread are needed for the dressing recipe. Anyone who would like to help in this area is asked to coordinate their plans with Susan Chapman at (423) 272-8048.
The dinner relies solely on contributions from individuals, families, businesses, companies and any other source to fund the event. “A big concern again this year is how the cost of food has continued to increase in price. We need anyone and everyone to step forward and make a contribution to help us prepare for our 2012 dinner as soon as possible,” Jones stated.
Donations may be sent to Four Square, Inc., c/o People Loving People Thanksgiving Dinner, P.O. Box 35, Rogersville, TN 37857. All donations are used strictly to purchase the food for the dinner.
Other traditional Thanksgiving activities will be planned for the day with a big screen TV for football games; Christmas carolers; children’s activities and the like. Please plan to attend or volunteer to work on this special day as it “will indeed be a day to give thanks,” according to Dr. Jones. For more information visit www.foursquareinc.org.