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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Church Again Serves Up Thanksgiving Meals

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  • First Presbyterian Church again hosted their annual Thanksgiving feast Thursday, and diners could eat at the church, order take-out, or even have food delivered. Mary Shupe launched the event about 15 years ago, and she's been church secretary for 42 years. “We started this because we felt there was a need in the community,” she said. “So many senior citizens don't have a place to go (on holidays), or there are large families that can't afford everything, so it's a mission for the community.” There is no fee, but they do take a freewill donation, she said. They even deliver food to the police station for the officers on duty. The event is roughly 15 years old, and Shupe said community participation hinges greatly on weather. The worse the weather is, the more people take advantage of the meal, because they're stranded in St. James and can't go anywhere else. The kitchen was filled with about 15 volunteers Thursday, but members of the church arrived to help prepare days before Thanksgiving, too. Shupe said estimating the amount of food they'll need involves mostly guesswork, since the number of diners varies from year to year. The church buys most of the supplies, but some are donated. For example, Super Fair Foods usually donates turkeys--and they provided six this year--while members of the church bake the pies and desserts. For the complete story, including thoughts from some of the volunteers who helped in the kitchen, please see Thursday's print edition of the St. James Plaindealer.
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