ZANESVILLE, Oh – Many went home to their friends and families Thursday for their Thanksgiving feasts.
However, some spent part of their day giving back to their community at Christ’s Table.
Volunteers spent the holiday helping prepare and pass out meals to those in need this Thanksgiving.
And many of those serving up the hot meals, including Turkey day favorites like turkey and mashed potatoes, have made it a holiday tradition.
“It’s usually just an annual thing. Every year, we come here. And it’s just nice helping, knowing in your heart that you’re making a difference in peoples lives.
“You know, you’ve got to go through greater things to do greater things in the world so it’s just nice doing that,” Volunteer Rock Zemba said.
Despite some challenges this year in getting some of the things, like turkeys, needed to make it all possible, with the help of the community and all those who volunteered, Christ’s Table was able to make this Thanksgiving a success.
Through the meal distribution, both in-person at Christ’s Table, and through deliveries made to the homebound by the Zanesville Jaycees, those most in need this holiday season were shown that they’re not alone.
“You need to give thanks, even though you may wake up thinking there’s nothing to be thankful for. There’s always something. So to be able to be here to give somebody a hug, to give somebody a smile, or just a hot meal to make them know that, hey there is somebody out there looking out for you, there’s somebody that cares, there is something to be thankful for, and it’s am honor.
Just making those that have no place else to go on Thanksgiving feel loved and feel welcomed and get them a hot, nutritious meal,” Christ’s Table Executive Director Keely Warden told us.
Warden adds that a longtime volunteer even came into town from Florida to help with pies.
She says their Thanksgiving meal distribution would not have been possible without the generous support of the community and those who volunteered and she can’t thank them enough. If you are in need of a meal, they will be handed out until 1 PM Thursday afternoon, downtown Zanesville at 28 S. 6th St.