Celebrating Thanksgiving in Region 8

November 23, 2006 -- Posted at 1:59 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- Every year, a large group of churches and individual's in the community work together to put on a community Thanksgiving dinner.

"We started Tuesday and we boiled the chicken and Wednesday we put the casseroles together for the sweet potatoes and the dressing," said volunteer Bruce Barnes.

On Thanksgiving Day volunteers started arriving at 8 a.m. to get ready to feed everyone.

In all 359 people gave up part of their holiday to help serve others.

"My family and I come Thanksgiving morning to do what we can.  Last year my children delivered meals and I just stay here to fill up plates," said volunteer Holly Cook.

The volunteers do everything from serving people to preparing plates for those who can't make it out.

"It's good to see people that come.  It is not just those who can't afford a meal, it's for people that are lonely and don't have anybody to eat with.  It's a chance for them to come down here and talk to people and not stay at home alone," said Barnes.

In all 218 people sat down for dinner and 861 meals were delivered.