CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — Thousands in Logan County enjoyed a free Thanksgiving dinner thanks to hundreds of volunteers and the In Action Project’s free community Thanksgiving dinner.
Organizer Ron Jones said dinners were served to almost 2,300 people in Logan County on Thanksgiving Day — either dining in at Chapmanville Middle School or No. 7 Holden Freewill Baptist Church.
Everything was accomplished through the work of volunteers. When Jones started the project six years ago, volunteers delivered 220 dinners.
“We had about 240 volunteers in a two-day period,” Jones said. “We had one person from Indiana who came and volunteered. They were here visiting family locally.”
Jones said he plans on continuing the dinners, and even expanding it next year.
“I not sure we could stop if we wanted to at this point,” Jones said. “Next year we are looking to expand into Mingo and Boone counties.”
Many businesses, civic groups and churches donate the food that is distributed.
“West Logan Church of God donated 750 pieces of cake,” Jones said. “We had all kinds of volunteers dropping off cakes, pies, cookies and cobblers. We had a ton of homemade desserts.”
Jones said it took a lot of turkeys to feed 2,300 people.
“We ended up going through 186 turkeys,” Jones said. “It takes a lot of volunteers to pull off something like this. When I think about it, it’s a sacrifice… you give up a lot of time and resources. I never get any complaints. That’s so awesome.”
Martha Sparks is a news reporter and can be reached at 304-752-6950, ext. 1728, or via Twitter at @MarthaSparks.