Letter to the Editor

Your View: Help is needed

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Five years ago at the urging of a fellow church member I became involved with Beverly Baker and her Thanksgiving meal. I was in awe at the trust she put in God and the community to pull off the meal. The following year when Beverly turned the organization of the meal over to me, I found out just how much faith is a part of this community wide effort.

Each year the number of people we feed has increased by almost 100. Last year it reached nearly 700. We fully expect that it will increase to over 800 this year and possibly more because of the state of the economy. Our intent is to reach those seniors in our community who might not otherwise enjoy a Thanksgiving meal or, if they wish, a little fellowship with others. However, no one will be turned away because of age.

This year the meal will be prepared, served and/or delivered, from the beautiful new VFW building located on Smith Street.

Once again we will need volunteers and donations and this community never fails to overwhelm us with their generosity.

As usual we will be mailing letters to churches and local organizations, as well as businesses to solicit donations and help. We will also be knocking on the doors of the senior housing in order to locate those who need meals.

Contact persons are: Marlene Stevens, 573-471-8697; and Linda Bollinger, 573-545-3679. If there is no answer, please leave a message and we will get back to you.

Once again Wal-Mart and Food Giant gift cards will be accepted. It is our policy not to accept cash. Donations can include, but are not limited to: institutional cans of corn, green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, chicken brother and cream of chicken soup.

Gift cards may be sent to: Marlene Stevens, 212 Kate Drive, Sikeston, Mo. 63801; or Linda Bollinger, P.O. Box 281, Benton, Mo. 63736. Canned goods may be dropped off at 212 Kate Drive or you may call us to pick them up.

Please help us show these people they haven't been forgotten.

Thank you,

Marlene Stevens, coordinator
Community Thanksgiving meal