Saturday, November 24, 2012

TOP STORY >> Community feast for all

Leader staff writer

With the aroma of turkey wafting in the air and sounds of the Detroit Lions scoring a touchdown from the TV, many people spent Thursday together at Cabot’s Thanksgiving Community Feast.

This year, Cabot United Methodist Church was the host church for the third-annual event. Over 320 people came out to pick up or to sit down to a free hot home-cooked dinner of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, creamy corn, green beans, baked beans and stuffing. Diners had to save room for the tableful of cakes, pies and brownies.

Some people came to the community feast for economic reasons, others wanted fellowship and some just wanted to help.

Cabot residents Cindy Yates came with her mom, Carolyn Morris

“I lost a son in April and wanted to do something different. We brought food and we wanted to meet some new people. This is awesome,” Yates said. Yates has another son serving in the Army, stationed in Germany.

“I usually host several neighbors for Thanksgiving, so I invited them up here,” I think every community should have something like this,” Yates said.

Ruby Ohlhaver of Cabot was thankful to be having a Thanksgiving meal with her 9-year-old daughter, Jennavieve at the Cabot Community Feast.

“My favorite part of dinner is being with my family,” Jennavieve said. She gave the meal a thumbs-up and liked everything on her plate.

“I think it’s really nice. There are a lot of people who are alone. The food is good,” Patricia Jones of Austin said.

She was with her son, Chris and friend, Charlotte Westphahl of Ward.

“We are alone, who is going to make a turkey? This is much nicer. You don’t want to be cooking a big meal for yourself,” Westphahl said.

While many were enjoying the feast, several volunteers were having a good time serving others.

One of the volunteers was 7-year-old Stori Majors of Cabot. She was beaming with a bounce in her step helping serve guests and clearing away their dirty plates.

“There are a lot of people who need help. It makes me feel a little bit happy, because I actually get to be involved and helping people,” Majors said.

“I’m thankful so many people came out and enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal,” organizer Dane Moore said.

“Thank you to the volunteers and donations. There’s no way we could’ve done it without them. Honestly, we can’t thank them enough,” Heather Moore said.