BELO – Little Dove United Baptist Church in Belo will be delivering and serving turkey dinners Wednesday, Nov. 25 in the Delbarton, Lenore and Williamson area.
Karen Moore Reynolds, a member of Little Dove, said, “This is the sixth year that we will be serving dinners. We started with 100 dinners and the number has risen every year.”
Most of the dinners are delivered. Reynolds explained that 95 percent of the dinners are delivered.
This year, the church plans to deliver and serve over 800 dinners. “Last year, we served over 600 and this year we are expecting over 800,” Reynolds explained. “For some, we send two dinners, one for Wednesday and one for Thursday,” Reynolds continued.
“We started the dinner because we felt that there was a need in the community and we should be thankful that we can contribute a small part to offer our thanks,” Reynolds said.
Dinners include turkey, homemade dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls and a dessert. “We also include a letter of Thanksgiving wishes with the plan of salvation on the back,” Reynolds explained.
Local businesses and church members provide the supplies needed to prepare the dinners. “Church members donate and prepare turkeys. This year, we are preparing 30 turkeys. We gladly accept donations. Cheech’s in Lenore is donating 500 to go trays. Evans Funeral Home and Chafin Funeral Home have also donated to the dinner. The church buys whatever is needed,” Reynolds said.
Preparations for the dinner begin days in advance. “We start preparations on Monday of Thanksgiving week. On Wednesday, we start about 7:30 a.m. at the church. Anyone is welcome to help,” Reynolds said.
Meals are provided to the elderly, shut- ins, unemployed and anyone that is in need. “Members list people who they feel need the meal,” Reynolds explained.
To submit a name of someone in need of a meal, private message the Little Dove Facebook page, or call pastor Jimmy Maynard at 304-475-4468.