From Enterprise Staff
On Thanksgiving Day, volunteers from MannaFest, First Methodist Church and around the community cooked, packaged and delivered 406 hot Thanksgiving meals with turkey and all the trimmings to those in the area who were alone, ill, or unable to have access to the ingredients of a Thanksgiving meal. This was a group effort involving 20 people on the kitchen team, 24 delivery teams (about 60 people) and 4 more people organizing the whole event.
Recipients of the meals thanked the drivers with tears in their eyes, visited with the drivers, invited them into their homes to share homemade cookies, and called the MannaFest office to offer their thanks.
The kitchen team spent both Wednesday and Thursday mornings preparing food amid much laughter and camaraderie. The drivers who delivered food told of the humbleness and blessings they felt as they delivered and the joy of delivering as a family. For many of our volunteers, this is a Thanksgiving tradition. One of the mother/son driving teams has been delivering since the son was a toddler and he is now a college student. For others, this was their first time, and they are starting a new tradition.
One ministry in town had plans for a meal for their residents fall through just a few days before Thanksgiving and this group was able to step in and provide the meals. A couple of people who didn’t ask for and weren’t expecting a meal received one because the drivers knew of their situation. For other recipients of the meals, it is a Thanksgiving tradition to welcome the drivers and visit with them before enjoying their Thanksgiving dinner.