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The name of the host and the dining locations have changed over the years, but the intent behind a community-wide Thanksgiving dinner in Radcliff remains the same.
For more than a decade, Sign of the Dove church in Radcliff has hosted the warm, welcoming event that offers good company and a hot meal to anyone who wants, or needs it, on Thanksgiving day.
This Thursday will be no different.
According to Howard Robinson, Sign of the Dove associate pastor, the event began 11 years ago under the direction of the Rev. L. Edward Palmer Sr.
Since then, the church, and the meal, has relocated to 1189 Sunset Drive in Radcliff and joined hands with Hope Temple and Victory Faith churches.
The free-to-all meal now is conducted under the triad’s joint identity, United Ministries for Christ, which formed officially two years ago.
Together, the three congregations pool resources for the benefit of the community.
“It’s a way to express our love for the community and an opportunity to get together over a meal,” Robinson said.
United Ministries of Christ will pick up anyone who cannot get transportation to Sign of the Dove for the meal.
For those unable to leave their homes, box lunches can be delivered.
In total, Robinson said he expects to prepare about 250 meals Thursday.
The traditional thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the customary side items will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Thursday.
Robinson said United Ministries for Christ is paying for all related expenses, but he welcomes any people willing and able to volunteer that day to prepare and serve the meals.
Mayor-elect J.J. Duvall is slated to serve meals between 11 a.m. and noon, and Radcliff Councilman-Elect Palmer will serve meals between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Robinson said he also welcomes any donations for the church’s annual toy drive. He said about 70 children benefited from the drive last year.
For more information about volunteering for the meal or donating to the toy drive, contact Tiffany Palmer (270) 351-3550.
Bob White can be reached at (270) 505-1750.