Hillside Assembly, for the 24th year, hosted the Gillett Community Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 23, the eve of Thanksgiving. Volunteers prepared and served turkey, ham and all the trimmings to a steady stream of guests.
Jenny Block, of Suring, sitting with a group of about eight family members, said the food was fantastic.
Volunteers prepared for a meal for 500 people, which included over 100 meals delivered to residents in the area. Pastor Paul Carlson said the annual outreach to shut-ins is one reason the church continues to provide the pre-Thanksgiving meal.
“It’s just a way of serving our community,” he added.
Anyone was welcome to attend, especially those who would have been alone for the holiday or those struggling financially.
Patty Kurtz coordinated the meal, assisted by volunteers which, for the first time, included members of the Gillett Mayor’s Youth Authority.