Holiday meal a success

ELKINS – The Randolph County Ministerial Association held its 33rd annual Thanksgiving Lunch Thursday at the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Home in Elkins.

The Odd Fellows Home has been the site of this event for more than 10 of those years.

“We started at the Western Steer then moved to the IOOF home,” said The Rev. Douglas Lewis of the First Baptist Church. “The IOOF home has proven to be the best place.”

The meal included turkey, dressing, mashed and sweet potatoes with gravy, green beans, a roll and pumpkin pie. Food was free to anyone who needed a meal, said Ministerial Association President David Moore.

“Meals are available for dine-in, carry-out and delivery for people who can’t make it out to get the meals. I really like this,” said Elkins resident Bob Hornbeck. “I am a lodge member, have come here for numerous years and they have also delivered to me.”

Davis Memorial Hospital donates the potatoes, gravy and stuffing for the meal.

“They (the hospital) really do a wonderful job for us,” Moore said. “The rest of the food is donated by local churches and area residents.”

The event averages 300 meals per year being given out, with 100 of those orders take-out. Volunteer crews are comprised of community members, and almost all of the churches in the association are represented with at least one volunteer. More than 25 volunteers were on hand throughout the meal Thursday to cook and serve plates and beverages.

“I am very pleased with the turnout. We have had a lot of people and a lot of carry outs,” Moore added.

“We do this because of our love of people. We love to help, and there is such a need in the area. We are just happy to be a small blessing.”