Community meals offer something for everyone

By OJ Stapleton -

Thanksgiving is just a couple days away, but no matter where you are in Logan County, you will not be left out whether you are looking for a good, homecooked meal or are feeling generous and want to give back to the community by volunteering.

On Thursday, the 19th annual Community Thanksgiving and the fourth annual Lewisburg Community Thanksgiving will be serving up traditional holiday treats.

In Russellville, the meal will be from 1-3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church on West 6th Street. The restaurant style meal is free of charge and anyone who wants to take part in the meal is invited.

In Lewisburg, the meal will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year that meal will be served in the Lewisburg Elementary School cafeteria.

“I hope so we get a lot more people that come to our new location,” said organizer Susan Porter.

If you can’t make it to either location on Thanksgiving, both events will also be delivering meals free of charge to anyone who wants one.

To have a meal delivered in Lewisburg, call Porter at 270-772-4505 to request one.

For anywhere else in Logan County, call First Presbyterian Church at 726-6207 or email by Tuesday night to request a free meal delivery.

Both events are made possible through numerous donations by the community.

The Community Thanksgiving Dinner is still in need of food donations, especially sweet potato casseroles. If you would like to cook a dish for that meal, call the church at 726-6207 to let them know what you’d like to donate. Aluminum pans are available at the church that you can use to fix the dish in. They can be dropped off either Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.

The Lewisburg meal is also in need of food donations.

“We do still need trays of dressing and desserts,” Porter said. “We can always take on more turkeys and hams, you can never have too much of those.”

The Community Thanksgiving Meal in Russellville also could use more volunteers – especially on Thanksgiving morning at Stevenson Elementary School, where the delivered meals are taken care of.

“We can always use volunteers at Stevenson,” said co-director Shayna O’Kelley. “The more we have there, the quicker can get everyone their food and the earlier our volunteers can get home to their own Thanksgiving meals.”

If you would like to volunteer at the school on Thanksgiving day, cooking begins at 6 a.m., the meals begin getting put together around 9 a.m. and delivery drivers should report around 10:30 a.m.

Porter said that the Lewisburg meal is good on volunteers, but she is inviting out any Lewisburg Beta Club members who would like to earn volunteer hours.

“Any Lewisburg Beta students that want to come can come and help Wednesday or Thursday,” she said. “It’s good for them to be able to learn to be involved in their community.”

By OJ Stapleton

To contact OJ Stapleton, email or call 270-726-8394.

To contact OJ Stapleton, email or call 270-726-8394.

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