Community giving

Turkey, potatoes, rolls and pumpkin pie are on the menus as two local churches open their doors for residents to share Thanksgiving meals together.
Krystle Wagner
Nov 25, 2013

Volunteers will serve dinner from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Spring Lake. Residents interested in receiving meals delivered to their home must call 616-842-1702 by 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Volunteers at Hope Reformed Church in Grand Haven Township will serve dinner from 1-3 p.m. Thursday. Homebound residents in the City of Grand Haven, and Grand Haven and Robinson townships can request delivered meals, but they must call 616-842-9150 by 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Both Thanksgiving meals are free.

In its 20-year history, the Spring Lake feast has served countless community members, said event organizer Cheri Wilson. She said the most important part is providing a meal for people to share and join in fellowship.

Throughout the afternoon, music plays while residents enjoy their meal, and Wilson said diners often stay and chat long after they’ve finished their feast.

“That’s always a great feeling,” she said.

Community businesses and residents donate financially and with food so guests will have a warm meal to share on Thanksgiving.

Karen Reenders, executive assistant at Hope Reformed Church, said the church has served more than 200 people since their Thanksgiving Community Dinner began four years ago.

“It’s just another way we can reach the community and share God’s love,” she said.



The needs in our community are great and for more than food. Last year at Hope there was over 200 meals alone. There are many people who simply do not want to eat alone. The need is great and the way the community rallies to provide is great. And not just at these holiday times either. There are multiple food trucks a week across the TriCities. The needs are great but the things the people are doing is even greater!

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