Members of Russell Christian Baptist Church have 100 pounds of turkey and abundant trimmings to share on Thanksgiving, although they fear many in the community may not even know about the meal.
“This is the first time we’ve done this and we’re just afraid nobody will know about it. We put a sign on the side of the church,” said volunteer organizer Janie Jenkins, explaining the church is the first thing people see when crossing into Kentucky on the Ironton/Russell Bridge.
The congregation estimates they have enough food to share a holiday meal with about 125 neighbors, Jenkins said, noting the meal is for anyone who wants to share it.
“Dinner will be Thursday from 1 to 3 or until the food runs out,” she said. “We will have turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, a roll, lemonade, ice tea and coffee. We won’t have any carbonated drinks. And, for dessert we will have Jello cake ... mandarin orange or strawberry Jello cake.”
The church wil not offer any carry-out meals or deliveries, and Jenkins emphasized the meal is intended as a way to bring the community together on Thanksgiving. For more information call Jenkins at (606) 465-4223.
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