In conjunction with a free Thanksgiving dinner deliver service, The In Action Project is set to host two community Thanksgiving dinners in Logan County.
Dinner locations will be hosted Chapmanville Middle School and No. 7 Holden Freewill Baptist Fellowship Hall until 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
Local resident, Lee Jones reportedly began the effort to provide free Thanksgiving dinners to those in need, and the event has grown steadily over the years.
The event started several years ago feeding around 250 people.
In 2014, organizers report they fed nearly 2,500 people.
This year, however, the protracted economic downturn in the area has brought new challenges to the In Action Project’s Thanksgiving Dinner service.
For their 2015 effort, group is preparing to feed around 3,500 people a full Thanksgiving dinner.
The group estimates it will deliver over 90 percent of those meals.
To help them reach their goal, the In Action Project is still seeking food donations.
Brandy Curry, a volunteer with the group explained, “We still need stuffing, mashed potatoes, jars of turkey gravy, butter and milk — anything like that.”
Anyone seeking to donate food to the In Action Project can do so after 5 p.m. on Nov. 24 and 25 at Chapmanville Middle School or the No. 7 Holden Freewill Baptist Fellowship Hall.
The In Action Project is also in need of volunteers.
To further their aim of making sure everyone has something to eat on Thanksgiving, the group is asking for drivers, servers and cooks to volunteer their time at one of their dinner locations.
“We got involved a few years ago. This is our third year participating, and I think it’s the biggest blessing that I’ve ever been involved in. Just being able to know that there are people out there that aren’t getting anything to eat, and we’re making sure they have meal on their table for Thanksgiving. It’s nothing but a blessing,” added Curry.
Anyone seeking more information about the In Action Project’s Thanksgiving Dinner can contact Lee Jones at 304-687-9520 or Curry at 304-687-7196.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]