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Springs Church dishes up Thanksgiving feast

Hungry folks line up for a free Thanksgiving feast at Mayer High School.<br>
BBN/Pat Williamson

Hungry folks line up for a free Thanksgiving feast at Mayer High School.<br> BBN/Pat Williamson

It is the seventh year that Springs Church has provided a Thanksgiving Dinner, with all of the trimmings and dessert, for the community. The meal is free to anyone that attends. Springs Church started this in the old Hope's Attic building in Mayer. This was outgrown and moved to Mayer High School, where their kitchen is used to prepare and serve the dinner.

Lisa Hamilton was this year's coordinator, and has done it for the past three years. She said its purpose is an outreach to the community. In addition to Springs Church, the Mayer Community Church and the First Southern Baptist Church of Mayer help. They get donations from the congregation in both food and finances, with the local businesses providing food or money to buy necessary items. The businesses come together to donate all the way from Cordes Lakes to Dewey. This is quite a feat to coordinate and Lisa starts about mid-October to gather resources.

Springs Church coordinates the effort and, thanks to a rotating crowd, they are able to serve about 300 to 400 people from 5-6:30 p.m. People line up early, go through the buffet line, eat their meal, and move out to make room for others at the door. The effort of the three churches makes it easier to handle the large number of people in attendance.

This year more than 300 people attended this event. Although the line was backed up to the door, the servers were quick and efficient and there wasn't a long wait. Tables were decorated and there was ample seating as people ate their meal and moved on to allow space for others.

Jack Burris and Richard Grammatico both stated they have attended several years in a row and the food rivaled the best restaurants in the area.

"The food seems to taste better each time," agreed Vic Chamberlin, who was attending for his third year.

Thanks to the team spirit of the workers, this was truly a dinner to give thanks for.

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