Topeka Community Thanksgiving Dinner celebrates 50th anniversary by serving 2550 meals

  • Topeka Community Thanksgiving Dinner celebrates 50th anniversary by serving 2550 meals

Topeka Community Thanksgiving Dinner celebrates 50th anniversary by serving 2550 meals

About 400 people received meals from "A Thanksgiving to Share", an event initially organized by Janice Davis that has evolved to include families throughout the community.

He's been volunteering for the dinner for 10 years.

"Thanksgiving is the one holiday that everyone has in common, regardless of your faith or your religion, your spiritualness - whatever", she said.

The church delivers meals every Friday and Myrick said putting on a Thanksgiving meal just comes naturally.

Wheatley said three road patrols and one fire truck delivered the 214 meals.

"It is nice for people to be able to come here if they don't have a family", she said.

Peterson says the volunteers who had been in charge of the meal for more than two decades chose to hand off the responsibility, but no one was able to step up to the task. She didn't say why this Thanksgiving was different, but nobody from Holy Trinity was asking.

Opening the doors to two large freezers, Jewell said they've already got a jump start on their Christmas Eve Dinner.

This is Tedder's second year in a row coming to the church for Thanksgiving.

"We lost our husbands different times through the years so we're all widows and widowers...namely Henry and this makes it so much easier", added friend, Evi Costa. "You can see the people and know that you're helping these people to avoid loneliness and segregation".

"I want to thank the community, who is always there to support us and help those in need", Smith said.

Anderson said it's good to bring people together during the holidays, "They don't have anyone to do it with so it's kind of like the family they don't have".

About 150 to 200 people eat at the church, and there are at least that many having meals delivered, Clinton said.

The event is in its seventh year and has grown each year.

In addition, Branches provided over 300 hot meals to its Grow & Climb children and youth program participants on Thanksgiving Eve, which included a wonderful celebration focused on gratefulness.

"I would say congratulations to the community for keeping this dinner going", Cushinberry said this week. Our seniors have served us and served our community. "We'll come and pick them up so they can get out of their apartment and enjoy the fun", Engelkamp said. She said it's all made possible thanks to almost 300 volunteers, including Tony McCluney, who has been volunteering since 1999.