Ministerial association offering free Thanksgiving Day dinner

The Inter-Mountain file photo by Tim MacVean Volunteers at the 2016 Randolph County Ministerial Association’s Thanksgiving Dinner prepare plates for individuals in attendance. The free annual event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the IOOF Lodge on the Beverly Five-lane.

ELKINS — A local religious organization is again gearing up to provide free holiday meals for the community on a day dedicated to giving thanks and fellowship.

All are welcome to attend the Randolph County Ministerial Association’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the IOOF Lodge on the Beverly Five-lane in Elkins.

All food items used to prepare the meal were donated by Davis Medical Center, which has assisted with the meal for approximately 37 years, and various churches in the region.

McDonald’s will also be assisting with the meal by providing beverages.

The traditional holiday meal, which members and the organization and volunteers from local churches have served up for approximately 40 years, will consist of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, a vegetable, rolls, beverages and pumpkin pie.

Reverend Doug Lewis, vice president of the ministerial association, said this will be the 35th year he’s assisted with the meal.

“I’m just grateful that we can feed anyone that needs a meal,” he said. “I thank God for everyone who comes, helps and volunteers their time.”

Reverend David Moore, president of the Randolph County Ministerial Association, said the group served roughly 500 people during last year’s meal.

DMC will prepare the sides and turkeys are donated by local churches. Church and community volunteers will serve the meal.

“The need in Randolph County alone just keeps growing and growing. There are so many people out of work and a lot of elderly people who don’t cook for themselves anymore,” Moore said. “This gives them the opportunity to come out, have a nice dinner and talk to people.”

The Randolph County Ministerial Association would like to thank the IOOF lodge for donating their facilities for the event along with Davis Medical Center, all participating churches and volunteers for their efforts year-in and year-out.

“We appreciate Davis Medical Center, McDonald’s and all the churches that help us out,” Lewis said. “Without all of them, an event like this would not be possible.”

For more information or to ask about volunteering for the event, call Moore at 304-704-2385, or Lewis at 304-636-3736.