LOGAN — Thanksgiving is just a week away, which means large family gatherings, a long weekend, football games, parades and for many, it’s the forerunner to Christmas.
However, that isn’t necessarily true for all. While most see the holiday as one of the most joyous times of the year, there are many who are alone, down on their luck, and don’t have the luxury of having a big family gathering with that holiday feast of turkey, ham, stuffing and cranberry sauce.
By giving thanks for what we have, we in turn choose to extend ourselves and give to others who are less fortunate. Within our hearts we can offer resources to help others.
For those living in Hocking County, we have been fortunate over the years that so many people are generous and willing to help one another especially in a time of crisis. This is so true of two families that have come together to provide Thanksgiving meals to anyone in the community.
This year marks the sixth annual Community Thanksgiving dinner and the fifth year for the event to be held at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Last year over 300 carryout dinners were picked up or delivered and 120 dine-in dinners were served.
Each year, the community comes together to offer a free Thanksgiving dinner to anyone on Thanksgiving Day. This year is no different — the dinner will be held on Nov. 22 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church beginning at noon.
The goal is to bring the community together, be festive, give thanks and give back.
While this gathering is for people who may be homeless or just can’t afford a good hot meal to serve their family, this gathering is also for anyone in the community. The community is encouraged to join in this event on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22.
Carryout and deliveries are scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon; dine-in service from noon to 2:30 p.m. St. Matthew Lutheran Church is located at 258 E. Hunter St. Deliveries will be made to Hocking County residents, Murray City, Buchtel, Carbon Hill, Laurelville and many other areas of the county.
However, no carryout orders will be taken after Nov. 21, so be sure to get your orders in prior to Thanksgiving Day. Those needing to schedule a delivery service should contact Deb Fraunfelter at 740-603-0722 or Keith Conner at 740-385-0694 or 740-591-3020.
To make a monetary donation, volunteer, or schedule a delivery, contact Fraunfelter at Fraun’s Service Garage at 740-385-1122, or Deb Fraunfelter at 740-603-0722 or Keith Conner at 740-385-0694.