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FINDLAY, OH (Toledo News Now) -
for the family on Thanksgiving can sometimes be a tall order, but imagine
cooking for 1,300 people! One church family did just that on Thursday.
100 members of the Stonebridge Church of God in Findlay spent their holiday
volunteering their time to give those in need a proper Thanksgiving meal and a
loving family atmosphere. For the ninth year, volunteers gave up time with
their own families to serve others as a church family.
just don't want people to feel lonely," said Kathy Smalley, an event
coordinator. "It's a day for families, and if they are lonely, they can come
here and eat with somebody, they don't have to eat at home, alone. And we want
them to be able to have a good meal."
first meal nine years ago served 600. This year they expect to serve 1,300 on
site, and an additional 500 through deliveries.
the meals has even become a family affair for church members.
told our family nine years ago, ‘If you want Thanksgiving, come to the church
and have it with us out there,'" said Brent Smalley. "And they have been, so it's
great. It's become a family tradition for us now."
total, 34 turkeys, 15 hams, 600 pounds of potatoes and all the rest of the
trimmings were served. Was all the hard work worth it?
yes," Kathy said. "We have been so blessed. God blesses us, and we just want to
share that blessing with others."
Church will be offering free holiday family portraits on Saturday, Dec. 7.