What started in a Sunday School class at Randall’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Scottsboro has grown into, arguably, the community event of the year.
The process of a Thanksgiving Day meal started earlier this week. Any and everyone is invited.
“We are preparing to feed at least 1,500 people,” said Ralph Grider.
Grider said 600 pounds of turkey are being prepared.
In its 13th year, the Community Thanksgiving Dinner continues to grow. In the last several years, it averages over 1,200 people.
The free meal includes turkey, dressing, green beans, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes and about any kind of dessert you can imagine.
Meals will be served from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
“We never know how many will come,” said Grider. “We operate by faith. We prepare it, and hope people will come.”
The church effort has turned into a community effort. Volunteers and other churches help.
“We haven’t had to solicit, or go door-to-door,” said Grider. “We’ve had folks come to us. That speaks to the true spirit of the holiday. It’s a real blessing.”
While all are invited, Grider said it has always been important to take care of senior citizens and people, who have no family nearby.
“They are able to come here and enjoy a meal with others,” said Grider. “Maybe they see some old friends or make new friends. The best thing is they hopefully will leave here with a good feeling.”
The Scottsboro-Jackson County Rescue Squad will assisting again this year. If anyone desire to assist in preparation, serving or cleanup, call Randall’s Chapel at 256-574-6685.
Randall’s Chapel is located at 2101 Veterans Drive in Scottsboro.