Thanksgiving feasts served up to people in need around region

Thanksgiving feasts served up to people in need

BOYERTOWN, Pa. - People in need around the region this Thanksgiving are enjoying a hot meal thanks to the generosity of others.

This is at least the 20th year volunteers made and delivered Thanksgiving meals at the House of Good Food in Reading. It took about 50 volunteers to pull it off.

One volunteer said she was tired Thursday morning, but then something happened.

"There are some who are going to be without, and we want to make sure they do not be without, so today we have the opportunity to serve them. So when I thought about all that, I thought, OK, energies just pounced into my spirit," said Margaret Brookins, House of Good Food.

Organizers said they expected to serve at least 475 meals.

A similar scene played out at the American Legion hall on North 3rd Street in Reading. Folks got their fill of turkey, corn and pumpkin pie. 

They'll be serving another meal there Friday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

St. John's United Church of Christ in Kutztown also offered a Thanksgiving feast. Donations from area businesses and organizations made the meal possible.

Organizers were expecting to serve as many as 100 people, including single-parent families, students, empty-nesters and newcomers to the area.

"I think its a great community outreach," said Karlene Brintzenhoff, a 20-year volunteer. "We have people who come back here year after year, and its really fun to see the same faces."

Rides were provided to those who couldn't get to the church on their own, and meals were delivered to home-bound residents and Meals on Wheels clients.

The Thanksgiving meal at the Salvation Army in Boyertown got rave reviews. 69 News spoke with some families who said they make sure they stop in every year to fill up on ham, turkey, stuffing and all kinds of desserts.

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