St. Mary's has hosted a free Thanksgiving meal since 1978. Wednesday 20 volunteers were in the kitchen slaving over turkey, green bean casserole and yams. They expect to serve close to 2,000 meals.
Donald Kreitzer is the new-bee of 300 plus volunteers who work St. Mary's Thanksgiving dinner. He's donated his entire week to helping feed others. Donald says “We cooked 84 turkeys Monday and 84 Turkeys yesterday. The first day was pretty labor intensive because we deboned the first 72.”
But he says it's worth it. Today he and others prepared 32 cans of green beans and sweet potatoes, melted 172 sticks of butter and carved 160 turkeys. All of it was donated. Donald says “The Parish helps and food is donated. It's a combination effort. People for months have been bringing in food.”
Donald is looking forward to a busy kitchen tomorrow, but when he gets a chance to eat Thanksgiving dinner, he says he'll pass on the turkey. Donald says “I'm not going to be cooking any turkey; I might enjoy a piece of ham now.”
Everyone is welcome to eat at Saint Mary's Catholic Church from 11am to 1pm Thursday.
There are no requirements to get the meal and no questions asked.