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.