Not everyone will have a place to go this Thanksgiving. Fortunately, members of the community sacrifice their time in order to provide these people with a home-cooked meal.
The Tyler County Senior Center is serving a Thanksgiving lunch at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 20. It is open to the public, but senior citizens do have preference. The center will run vans all over the county for any of the senior citizens who do not have transportation.
Rosemary Forrester, administrative assistant, said that it means a lot to provide a meal for the community.
Preparing for Thursday’s soup kitchen At Boggs Pizza are, from left, Matthew Boggs, Betsy Boggs, Landon Boggs, Kim Boggs and Rodney Boggs. (Photo by Alex King)
"I have a lot of respect for the elderly and I love working with the seniors," said Forrester. "They really seem to have a good time getting together and visiting. The staff try to intermingle with everyone."
The lunch will be held in the banquet room of the center. They will be serving a traditional meal of turkey, dressing, green beans, hot rolls and pumpkin pie. A donation is suggested but not required.
Further down the river, Dee Underwood and her friend Heather Smith are hosting a free dinner for the public at the Friendly Gym on Nov. 22 at 6 p.m.
In the past when Underwood was employed at the American Legion, she would cook dinner for the veterans during the day and in the evening she would host a dinner at her home for her friends. This year she decided to host a dinner open to the public. Mike Wells and Frank Sellers donated money for the purchase of food.
Underwood said that she is serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, side dishes and desserts.
"It makes you feel good to give to somebody. It's happiness for me," she said.
She went on to discuss what she's thankful for this holiday season.
"I'm thankful for my friends Lori Leasure and Alice McFadden. I also want to give thanks for the soldiers."
Although the meal is free, donations for the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 48 will be accepted.
Soup isn't the only thing the people of Boggs Pizza & Grill on Main Street, Middlebourne are serving for Thanksgiving. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m on Nov. 22, the restaurant is dishing up a list of festive foods for those in need, including turkey with stuffing, ham, mashed potatoes with gravy, scalloped potatoes, green beans, corn, cole slaw, hot rolls and dessert.
Boggs is a family restaurant operated by Kim Boggs, her husband Rodney, their son Matt and his wife Betsy, along with other employees. In business for three years, this will be the first year they are doing the soup kitchen.
For this cause, they have received monetary donations and donations of canned food from local churches. Anything left will go to local food banks.
"I have always wanted to help with the soup kitchen, and finally the light came on... I have my own kitchen," Kim Boggs said. "If someone is alone or doesn't have family in the area, they are more than welcome to come eat with us."
Considering those who cannot make it out of their homes, daughter-in-law Betsy said the restaurant will deliver.
Those interested in joining the cause can get in touch with Boggs at 304-758-0554.