From staff and press reports
The 12th Annual Thanksgiving Community Luncheon celebrated another successful event this year.
With hundreds of volunteers and hundreds of families fed, the luncheon once again achieved its goal of reaching out and connecting the community.
Luncheon coordinator Aline Haynes described the event in her own words:
“Thanksgiving morning was such a beautiful day. I arrived at South Louisville Baptist Church Life Center around 8:05. I was greeted by many smiling faces waiting and ready to help. We gathered inside for a few words of thanks and encouragement for the 8a..m. shift. Afterwards we began to assemble boxes, warm food and get everything prepared for the 10 a.m. shift.
Opening statements were given by Aline Haynes at 10:20 a.m. Prayer for the youth and children was given by Rev. Morris McDonald. The congregation prayer was given by Hubert Yates. Other ministers on site were Rev. Dennis Jackson, Rev. James Morris, Evangelist Essie Jackson and Rev. Mark Jackson, Lucedale, MS. They would be joined later by Rev. and Mrs. Hightower.
Many families were blessed to receive a good hot meal on Thanksgiving morning. Around 1200 lunches were distributed throughout the county. Those who received were very thankful. I greatly appreciate all of the area churches, the Louisville Housing authority, Eiland Plaza Complex and the Health Agencies for signing up the ones who received meals.
Over 250 Volunteers came out to help. I’m very thankful for those who sacrifice your time to see that others received a great Thanksgiving. We had many volunteers from our local schools. Also visiting from Georgia were Toni, Reginold and Breanna, Bynum, Clark, Brandt and Bo O’Kelly of Jackson, MS. Philip and Carol Tuff of Belfast Maine and Courtney Collins along with Mr. and Mrs. Fred Shaw of Canton. There were also students from surrounding colleges. I would like to thank Mrs. Jennifer Ball and the LHS Beta students for their donation and volunteering their services. I was honored to have students for Louisville High School, Grace Christian School and Nanih Waiya High School to help me behind the scene. They were such a blessing to me.
Thanks to the churches, businesses and individuals who provided the funds for this event. It would not have been possible without you. Also thanks to the Turkey Federation for the turkeys. I greatly appreciate all donations.
Thanks to the following: Charles Stewart, paper work and baking turkeys, Tracy Yates paperwork, Darlene Bane for Pecans, Teresa Ktanses for the banner, Beth Triplett for Name Tags, Janet Jackson for Hams. Special Thanks to the set up and clean up crews. Thanks to the cooks, Mrs. Mattie Triplett, Mrs. Virgie Porter, Mrs. Lillie Coleman, Mrs. Annie Young and Mrs. Pam Triplett, Mrs. Pearlean McReynolds, Thanks to all who donated cakes. Thanks to Dexter Coleman who transported food to the church. Thanks to my family who works by my side.
Much gratitude goes to South Louisville for the use of your facility, also to First Methodist and Grace for the use of their kitchen. Thanks to our local radio station and Journal Office who helped so much by your announcements.
I may have missed some names, but I appreciate every part that was played whether great or small. I’m grateful to God for this ministry and especially grateful to all who shares in it. The blessings could not be so easily distributed without kindhearted people such as those who help.
May God bless each of you this holiday season.
Love Aline Haynes