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By PAUL SIMS
A local church is gearing up to feed several hundred people Thanksgiving Day for the 11th year.
On average, Peterâ€™s Rock Temple Church of God in Christ serves 500 meals at Thanksgiving, though it has been as high as 700, said Michael Jones, the churchâ€™s administrator.
The vision for the event first started with Supt. Joseph Hawkins, the churchâ€™s pastor, Jones said, and this was toâ€ť serve the community and provide meals for the less-fortunate,â€ť including those in nursing homes and jail.
Organizers gather volunteers to serve, cook and drive, as as well as to prepare the carry-outs.
Another volunteer base is for order-takers â€” people who answer the phone.
The meals are pretty much donated through the Peterâ€™s Rock congregation and the church itself, Jones said.
The meal typically consists of turkey or ham, dressing, two sides and a roll. The dinner â€“ which will served between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday â€“ is free and open to the public.
Dine-in is available, as is carry out for senior citizens and those sick and shut-in. Delivery is also available.
For more information, to volunteer or place an order, call the church at 323-5119.