• Rebecca Holmes, former pastor of Cartecay United Methodist Church, offers desserts to a table of attendees at last year’s Faith, Hope and Charity community Thanksgiving dinner at the Ellijay First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.
    Rebecca Holmes, former pastor of Cartecay United Methodist Church, offers desserts to a table of attendees at last year’s Faith, Hope and Charity community Thanksgiving dinner at the Ellijay First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

Thanksgiving feast a ‘thank you’ to FHC customers, community

Faith, Hope and Charity Recycle Store Inc. (FHC) invites the public to enjoy a special meal on them when the local outreach nonprofit presents its annual community Thanksgiving feast from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Ellijay First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. 

The free complete Thanksgiving meal is a way of saying “thank you” to the popular thrift store’s customers and the local community, said FHC board chairwoman Cheryl Zellinger.

“Its for everybody in the community, whoever wants to come,” Zellinger noted.

The pre-Thanksgiving event, which served more than 750 last year, doesn’t happen without the work of volunteers. 

“We had almost 200 people volunteer last year and so far, we have 101 this year with eight different churches involved. (We’ve heard from people that) they like all the different churches coming together and working together to make it happen,” Zellinger said. “It’s been awesome, and we’re still shooting for that 1,000 persons served mark.”

Anyone interested in volunteering to serve food and drink at the meal should attend a preplanning meeting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov 16, also in the First Baptist Fellowship Hall.

“They are asking folks to attend that meeting so they will know what to do when they get there Saturday morning,” Zellinger said. 

“There will be two different sessions (for volunteers). The first one will start at 10:30 a.m. and last until 12:30 p.m., which will give everyone who comes in for the second session time to eat before they go to work.”

Event organizers are also accepting certain food donations from local organizations, individuals and businesses. 

“Anybody who wants to can donate a cooked and deboned turkey or dessert. The drop-off for food donations will be Nov. 15 and 16, from 1-5 p.m., (at First Baptist Church). They can just pull up and drop it off and someone will take the food inside,” Zellinger said.

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