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Organizers of Jonesboro Community Thanksgiving Meal gear up for biggest event-to-date

Volunteers assemble boxes of food for delivery last year. (Source: Richard Carvell) Volunteers assemble boxes of food for delivery last year. (Source: Richard Carvell)
St. Bernards Auditorium fills on Thanksgiving Day to help feed the needs of individuals in Jonesboro. (Source: Richard Carvell) St. Bernards Auditorium fills on Thanksgiving Day to help feed the needs of individuals in Jonesboro. (Source: Richard Carvell)
Volunteers load Thanksgiving Day meals for delivery last year. (Source: Richard Carvell) Volunteers load Thanksgiving Day meals for delivery last year. (Source: Richard Carvell)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Jim Grisham is a consummate organizer.

When planning for a meal to feed the masses, he can tell you, without looking at notes, there will be 400 pounds of turkey served at this year’s Jonesboro Community Thanksgiving Meal on Thursday, November 24 at St. Bernards Auditorium beginning at 10:30 a.m. in downtown Jonesboro.

A large number of those meals will be delivered, according to Grisham.

“We have a total of about 12 to 15 churches involved. They go together and work together to bring this event off,“ Grisham said. “We have a couple of businesses that provide special items for us. But, basically, it is done through the churches and the City of Jonesboro. Everyone is invited.”

Numbers from last year show that 1,907 meals were served. Of those, 1,326 were delivered to homes.

“We were out of food by a quarter ‘til 12,” Grisham said. Anyone wishing to order a meal can call 870-932-7479 until Wednesday, Nov. 23. Grisham said the number at First United Methodist Church will shut down at that time. Then it will open up again at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day and stay open until 11 a.m. at 870-336-0555.

“That number is answered only on Thanksgiving morning,” Grisham emphasized. Volunteers are only able to deliver meals within the city limits of Jonesboro.

Volunteers may bring desserts to St. Bernards Auditorium on Wednesday, November 23 between the hours of 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. or after 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. No refrigeration required items and only disposable plates and utensils.

Grisham says the 17th annual event will involve 17 cases of dressing, 34 cases of sweet potatoes, 14 cases of green beans, 23 cases of rolls, 3 cases of butter and 6 cases of gravy. "This meal is intended for everyone," Grisham said. "The hungry, the homeless, and the lonely,"

Volunteers are needed on Thanksgiving Day to help in the Auditorium and to deliver meals to shut-ins. Volunteers should report at 10 a.m. If you would like to help defray the costs of the meal, make your donation to:

First United Methodist Church, ATTN: Mr. Scot Woodruff, 801 S. Main Street, Jonesboro, AR 72401

Please note on your check, “Thanksgiving Meal.”

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