Volunteers prepare to feed the community with traditional Thanksgiving dinner

(WTHI Photo)
(WTHI Photo)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes for Thanksgiving dinner, from the last minute grocery store runs to long hours in the kitchen.

Feeding everyone in the family is a task. However, it’s much easier with several sets of helping hands, especially if you’re planning to feed a community.

“We have volunteers just setting the tables and lots of volunteers bringing in turkeys and pies and desserts,” said Whitney Newport.

It’s all hands on deck when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner at St. Patrick Church. For years, volunteers gather to prepare and serve dinner to feed and fellowship with the community.

“To our family, we just think that being together is the most important thing and just to be thankful for everything we have in our lives,” Newport said, “We just, we want people to feel like they belong to the community and have a place to go.”

The dinner, which is held inside the church’s school cafeteria, has been renamed in memory of Ruth Marie Bauer Newport, former organizer.

“It’s great, it’s one way that we get to celebrate her and continue this great tradition that she started,” she said.

As volunteers, made up of families, community and church members, come together to serve, it’s a sweet reminder that every plate given is made with love.

“Year after year we see a great turnout in that and it’s pretty incredible that people support this every year,” she said, “It is the way that we spend every year together.”

Thanksgiving dinner will be held and served in the church’s school cafeteria (449 S 19th Street, Terre Haute). Deliveries will begin starting at 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Carry-out and dine-in will last from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

“I just hope that everyone has a good Thanksgiving and come join us if you need to,” Newport said, “We would love to have you all.”