On Thursday numerous volunteers filled the cafeteria and gymnasium of St. James Catholic Regional School to distribute hundreds of meals across Hardin County. The county-wide deliveries were organized by St. James Catholic Church members and have been an annual occurrence since 1986.
Volunteers prepared hundreds of Thanksgiving meals, placed the food in styrofoam to go trays, which were placed into boxes that were given to drivers who delivered the meals.
“We’ve got it down to a fine art,” Volunteer Coordinator Patti Stith said.
The Thanksgiving meals contained turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls, milk and a slice of pie.
Stith said there were other duties that had to completed before Thanksgiving to make the deliveries possible, including pie preparation, grocery shopping, turkey carving and table decoration. On Thanksgiving Day, volunteers came in as early as 6 a.m. to begin cooking the food.
Stith said there were at least 200 volunteers delivering 860 meals across Hardin County. After the deliveries were completed, the church held a public Thanksgiving meal at the school. Other organizations and churches, such as Helping Hand of Hope, also assisted with the dinner.
Don Tarter was one volunteer Thursday. He and his grandson, Tobias Mandeville, were about deliver nine meals to four different Radcliff locations.
“I’ve done it before and I think it’s good exposure for my grandson,” Tarter said.
Tarter, who goes to First Christian Church in Elizabethtown, was thankful St. James Catholic Church was organizing the annual deliveries.
“The concept of taking food to people and inviting people here to eat, collectively I think that’s a wonderful idea,” he said. “It makes the community look good by helping people.”
Mandeville, from Gallatin, Tennessee, said he has been helping his grandfather for about four or five years.
“It’s kind of a tradition now,” he said.