More than 254 people were served Thanksgiving dinner with all of the trimmings on Thursday through the generosity of LINK volunteers.
LINK (Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen) served 129 meals at its usual site in the basement of First Christian Church, 1000 Ky. In addition, 125 meals were taken from St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church to people's homes, according to Pam Casagrande, a member of LINK's board for nearly 10 years.
The dinner, served from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., included turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cole slaw, cranberry sauce, turkey gumbo and a variety of pies.
The effort by volunteers this year, as always, was tremendous, Casagrande said.
"I turned away a lot of people, because you can only use so many volunteers," she said, adding that when she returned home from helping serve the meal her answering machine had a message recorded by someone who wanted to help.
About 50 people worked at St. John Church, she said, and another 35 at First Christian.
"We must have turned away 35 to 40," Casagrande said. "The community certainly rallies around that meal because everything we serve is prepared by volunteers and donated."
LINK volunteers also serve lunch regularly in the basement of First Christian Church. The schedule is: from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays and the last Friday of the month. Casagrande said a group of LINK board members also serves on Saturdays.
"All of the food is cooked in homes and brought in," she said. "Every time we serve, usually a church is responsible for the food and the volunteers."