Thanksgiving Take-Out Dinner At St. Paul’s: A Labor Of Love

By: Jeanie Petersen

Thanksgiving Take-Out Dinner at St. Paul’s: A Labor of Love Some of the volunteers, at St.Paul's Church, who helped to put together the Thanksgiving feast that served 220 people.
 (Photo by Audrey Johnson)

OXFORD - The Church Women United (CWU) of Oxford have been sponsoring the annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner (formerly held at St. Joseph's Church) for thirty-six years. This year, with the pandemic, the dinner was prepared and distributed as a take-out only, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church Parish House. It provided a larger kitchen and parking area (and still cars were parked around the block). Many volunteers, as always, lent a hand to make the dinner a great success; and those people deserve thanks for this labor of love, and this year, an anonymous card gave some love back.

One of the diners wrote a very touching card that the Church Women wanted to share. "Just a note to Thank-you for the wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner you provided for so very many of us today. Thank-you for thinking of the Community when so many have been struggling. It brought joy to our hearts. And we sat to eat - each [meal] prepared with love. Truly this puts into practice the meaning of being a Christian. So many of us Seniors spend holidays alone. Your meal gave some connectedness and told us that someone cares. God bless you!"

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