CHAPMANVILLE — The first Thanksgiving dinner held was a combined community effort of supplying and cooking the food served. Likewise, a free Thanksgiving dinner will be offered Thursday in Chapmanville where the food was collected and will be cooked by a community of volunteers.
“Both elementary schools, East Chapmanville and West Chapmanville, collected canned foods,” said Ron Jones, organizer of the event. “We have Girl Scout Troops across the region donating turkeys, stuffing and mashed potatoes. Church groups are preparing desserts… it’s a real community effort to get the dinner put together.”
Jones said the event will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Chapmanville Middle School.
“Anybody can come, no requirements,” said Jones.
The dinner held last year was a huge success with more than 500 dinners served.
“Last year East Chapmanville collected over 2,500 food items and West Chapmanville collected over 1,500,” said Jones. “We fed 508 people and made deliveries throughout the county. We still had food left over to local food pantries and the Huntington City Mission.”
Jones welcomes everyone to attend the dinner Thursday.
“If you want to volunteer or if you want dinner,” said Jones. “Just come out on Thanksgiving Day and if you want to help, there will be something for you to do and if you want to eat, there will be a place for you to sit.”