Providing a free Thanksgiving meal for around 300 guests is no small feat, but it was accomplished Thursday night as College Heights United Metho­­dist Church in Elizabethtown held its annual Thanksgiving meal.

About 25 volunteers were on-hand Thursday to prepare and distribute food at the church. Church volunteer Jane Lyons said many volunteers arrived and began preparing for the dinner at 1 p.m.

In preparation for about 300 meals, a total of 17 turkeys were cooked for the dinner. Lyons said about 80 people requested takeout meals.

“We get a lot of takeout requests,” she said. “People will just come by and take it home.”

The meal included tur­key, dressing, mash­ed potatoes, green beans, rolls and cranberry salad. A variety of dessert items also were available, in­clud­ing apple pie, pumpkin pie and cupcakes.

Amy Viers of Hod­gen­ville brought along her son, Jimmie, and daughter, Lilly, to the dinner. This was her first year attending. She said she wishes there were more events similar to this in the region.

“Out here they have the community together,” she said.

Though the church has been hosting the event for the public for about 15 years, a Thanks­giving dinner for church members is a tradition going back more than 40 years, volunteer Bruce Seymour said. He said the meal serves as a way to honor those who started the tradition.

“The only thing that has changed is that the people who began doing this 40 years ago are no longer with us,” he said. “A lot of people have worked on this over the years.”

The church also invited Warm Blessings Soup Kitchen to transport those in need to the dinner. Church volunteer Danette Alexander said the meal is the church’s way of giving back to the community.

“It’s just our gift to the community,” she said.

Andrew Critchelow can be reached at 270-505-1746 or acritchelow@thenewsenterprise.com.

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