CommUnity Thanksgiving Celebration
More than 600 volunteers come together in Etowah County to help put together a day in their region where no one goes hungry, or is lonely. The goal for tomorrow’s CommUnity Thanksgiving Celebration is to achieve one day when people from every walk of life unite to serve a delicious Turkey and Dressing Dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Volunteer Coordinator Shalon Steed says they serve the Thanksgiving meal to home-bound, homeless, elderly, newcomers, the displaced and the lonely across Etowah County. Steed says it is the 18th year for the annual celebration. Volunteer Adam Lister has worked the event for 7 years and he says he is prepared for the upcoming hectic day. He says it is worth the time to volunteer to serve a Thanksgiving meal to those who would be spending Thanksgiving Day alone or without a meal. Steed adds the CommUnity Thanksgiving Celebration is about more than a meal. But she says the meal is worth the effort and most people come away from it more than satisfied. The CommUnity Thanksgiving Celebration held Thanksgiving Day at Gadsden’s Convention Hall will feed 4600 people. They will serve more than 1100 pounds of turkey, 150 pans of dressing, 36 gallons of green beans, and 32 cans of corn. The tradition, began in the late 90s by Community Development Project 2000 in East Gadsden, and has grown to a county-wide event.