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Williamstown Baptist continues to feed the need for 15 years

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By Camille McClanahan

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” - W.T. Purkiser

The volunteers of the Williamstown Baptist Church delivered more than 603 meals on Thanksgiving morning.

“This has become part of Thanksgiving tradition for many people,” said Elizabeth Taylor, a volunteer for the church.

This is the 15th year the Thanksgiving Day meals have been delivered all across Grant County.

It originated from a $500 donation made by Karen and Ed Neece, just before they left Williamstown Baptist Church because they moved from the area.

They donated the money to see a need in the community be filled.
The Hope Sunday School class, which the Neeces were involved in, envisioned a Thanksgiving meal for shut-ins and the needy.

In 1997, the Williamstown Baptist Church fed 38 people and it has grown to tremendously since their beginning when volunteers prepared food and brought it to church.

Now, the program has now moved to the Williamstown High School cafeteria to accommodate the massive quantities’ of food.
Cheryl Rich, the church’s secretary, is responsible for taking information from the families across Grant County about how many meals are needed.

“We have become so much more efficient, because we delegate the responsibilities.” said Taylor.  
The menu included a traditional Thanksgiving meal, of turkey, dressing, gravy, green beans, mashed potatoes, rolls and a dessert.

This year, 10 cases of green beans, 240 pounds of mashed potatoes, 36 large trays of dressing, 30 turkey breasts, 700 yeast rolls and more than 80 desserts were used.

Various foods were donated by several local businesses and members of the church donated the desserts.