Tuesday, November 01, 2011

TOP STORY >> Cabot group plans free Thanksgiving meal

Leader staff writer

Families needing a hot home-cooked meal on Thanksgiving, or people who do not want to spend the holiday alone, can attend the second annual Cabot Community Thanksgiving Feast. Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 24 at Grace Fellowship Church at 601 S. Elm St., behind the Bank of Ozarks in downtown Cabot.

The sit-down meal is free and is open to anyone. Volunteers will be cooking traditional Thanksgiving turkeys with side dishes and desserts in their homes and bringing them to the church. Carryout is available and so is delivery service for those who cannot get out to the church.

Last year, the Cabot feast served 350 people at the New Life Church on 10th Street on a cold and rainy day.

Event organizers Heather Moore and her husband, Dane, decided to hold a Thanksgiving dinner last year after noticing a void in the city during the holiday.

Previously, they volunteered on Thanksgiving helping to serve meals at the Lonoke Community Center.

“We looked at each other and decided we needed to do this in Cabot,” Heather Moore said.

They have people committed to serving on Thanksgiving but are still accepting volunteers to help with the meal.

The feast is not associated with any church or denomination. Every year the Thanksgiving dinner is held at a different church.

Dane Moore said, “We want to show the love of Christ for those in need.”

Heather Moore, also a volunteer at Hope’s Closet and Pantry, said there are more people seeking assistance because of the weak economy.

She said, “There are a lot more people in need in Cabot than people think.”

She said she received many compliments on the meal and service last year. Many people, who did not have family members to cook for, came to the meal.

They were able to socialize instead of sitting at home alone on Thanksgiving. One family recently lost their home in a fire. They were excited to have someplace to celebrate Thanksgiving.

The Cabot Community Thanksgiving Feast is also collecting food donations, Heather Moore said.

“We’re hoping the community comes together as one and helps the people in need,” she said.

For more information, or to request meal delivery, call Heather Moore at 501-259-3799.