With Thanksgiving just days away, some have already begun their Thanksgiving preparations, but others in the Hub City sat down to an early turkey feast. First United Methodist Church held its 13th annual free Thanksgiving Community Dinner Saturday afternoon.
For as long as she can remember, Gloria James has been coming to the First United Methodist Church Thanksgiving Community Dinner. This year James is celebrating it with her son.
"This is Thanksgiving for me, like every Thanksgiving," James said.
However, it is not just the tasty turkey, stuffing, and pie that make this meal special. James says it is the people.
"You can't meet a better person than these people here. They treat you with kindness and you're just like a family," James added.
It is a family effort that goes into feeding hundreds of Lubbock residents every year. It takes nearly 150 volunteers to serve the turkey dinner, pass out drinks, and bus tables.
Volunteer Kelly Robinson said, "I've served food, I've seated people and I've bussed tables as well, so this not my first time to bus tables."
Feeding the guests at this Thanksgiving is no small task. The church cooked 300 pounds of homemade stuffing, 10 cases of green beans, and 89 turkeys. All which are carved up by volunteers.
"As far as the staple good we've spent about $2,500 but that doesn't include the turkeys," First United Methodist Church Volunteer Coordinator Nancy Edwards said.
A Thanksgiving meal that for James and her son is full of thanks and smiles.
James said, "This hear, is a family. I'm blessed to be here."
First United Methodist Church expected to serve at least a 1,000 people.
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