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Thanksgiving dinner planned by association

November 20, 2012
By Casey Houser - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

The Randolph County Ministerial Association will be hosting its annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Odd Fellows Lodge for all members of the community Thursday.

The dinner will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the lodge, located on the Beverly Pike across from the Elkins Regional Convalescent Center. Any interested parties can visit and receive a meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, pumpkins pie and drinks.

"This is a community Thanksgiving dinner," said Sue Farar, president of the Randolph County Ministerial Association. "Everyone is welcome and there is no charge."

She said the Ministerial Association contacts various businesses throughout the area for donations. Grocery stores, funeral homes, banks and local churches all participate by providing food and monetary donations.

"The community really does help," Farar said.

Members of the community volunteer alongside members of the Ministerial Association to serve meals at the home. They are also active in delivering meals to those who cannot make it to the Odd Fellows Lodge. Approximately 25 volunteers lend their services for the event.

Fact Box

If you go

What:?Thanksgiving dinner

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday

Where: Odd Fellows Lodge

Info: 304-637-2331

Farar said approximately 400 to 500 people attend or are reached through delivery each year. Low-income families are often the recipients of the annual dinner.

The Ministerial Association consists of several pastors in the area who meet each month to organize community projects.

Farar said they work with the Office of Emergency Management, conduct the Thanksgiving dinner and provide Easter lunches during the week before the holiday.

Aside from their scheduled projects, Farar said they are available to help with projects other groups are conducting.

"We're available to assist people in the community," she said.

Farar encouraged anyone who would like to volunteer at the dinner, anyone who needs a meal delivered or would like more information to contact her by phone at 304-637-2331.

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