Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon a success

From press and staff reports

The 11th Annual Thanksgiving Community Luncheon once again feed over 1,000 Winston Countians.

Volunteers along with organizer Aline Haynes gathered early at South Louisville to begin a long day of service to the community.

Aline Haynes gives her view of the luncheon Thanksgiving morning before leaving home I took time out to give God thanks for the past ten years that our county has been blessed through the luncheons.

Upon arrival at South Louisville Baptist Church Family Life Center around 7:58 a.m. many smiling faces were waiting in the parking lot. I knew by those smiling faces that God had a great day planned for us.

The 8:00 a.m. shift began with children, youth and adults. The first shift duties were to get things set up and warming food to fill the assembly line.

At 10:00 the opening statements of praise and thanks were given by Aline Haynes to those who had sacrificed their time for others. Prayer was offered by Rev. James Morris of Wesley United Methodist Church for the youth and children The overall prayer was offered by Rev. Roosevelt Gage of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. Other ministries on site were Rev. Hubert Yates pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church, minister, Demetric Darden and Evangelist Essie Jackson.

Schools represented with volunteers were Louisville High School, Nanih Waiya, Grace Christian, Winston Academy and Noxapater. College volunteers were from East Central, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Over150 Volunteers came out to help. Volunteers included the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club.

We also had out of town volunteers from Georgia, Jackson and Canton.

Thanksgiving Luncheon 2012 was off to a great start. It was a great blessing to many throughout Winston County. 1,168 good hot meals were served. Many receptiants have already extended much gratitude for the meals received.

I would like to kindly thank all volunteers which included cooks, drivers, servers, those who donated cakes, the set up crew, clean up crew, and errand runners. I appreciate whatever part you played.

Special thanks to Mrs. Mattie Triplett, Mrs. Virgie Porter, Mrs. Lillian Coleman, Mrs. Deloris Yarbrough and Mrs. Pearlean McReynolds for helping to cook.

I extend much love to those business, churches and individuals who provided the funds.

Also special thanks to Louisville High School student council and Louisville Elementary School Staff and Students for your donations. Without your help the project could not have been successful. Much gratitude goes to the Turkey Federation for donating the turkeys and the Coke company for the drinks, our local radio station, the Winston County Journal office for the announcement, Switch and Swap, Mrs. Darlene Bane for pecans, Tony Jackson for name badges, Mrs. Charlene Stewart, for printing and copying. Willie Ruth Coleman and Pauline Nicholson for warming food, Elmer Coleman videoing Mrs. Teresa Ktsanes and staff for the banner.

Also special thanks to Pastor Trent and South Louisville Church Family for use of your life centers, First United Methodist for use of your kitchen to make rolls and Grace Christian for use of your kitchen.

Thanks to the churches, community counseling, Sta- Home Health, Vital Health Care, Louisville Housing Authority, Eiland Plaza Office and all individuals for serving the packages which provides the name of those needing meals. For those who I may have forgotten thanks to you also.

I could never express the love in my heart for how you’ve helped to bless our county.

From the response that have come in I can assure you that your work was greatly appreciated. I love you and may God bless each of you throughout this Holiday Season.

Love Aline Haynes and Family