Archive for Wednesday, November 8, 2006

LINK Kitchen requests volunteers for community Thanksgiving dinner

November 8, 2006


The turkeys - or at least the money to buy them - have been donated.

Many church groups are planning to bring in most of the other cooked food, from mashed potatoes and gravy to pies.

But volunteers are still needed to make sure the annual Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen's Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 23 goes without a hitch, said Terry Connolly, who has been organizing the event for 10 years.

The annual Thanksgiving meal will be from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at the LINK Kitchen at the First Christian Church, 10th and Vermont.

It's a chance to get into the volunteer spirit, as well as join in on a community meal, Connolly said.

"Anybody is welcome," she said. "If you feel like it, come in and join the group. It's not just for the needy."

The other part of the event is the delivery of Thanksgiving meals to those who are homebound and can't make it to the meal at the church, Connolly said.

Project Lively will be compiling a list of those who are homebound who want to have a meal delivered to them, Connolly said. The delivery list will include names provided by the Lawrence Senior Center, the Salvation Army and Lawrence Memorial Hospital, she said.

Katie Studebaker, LINK president, said about 225 take-out meals will be delivered and about 200 meals will be served in the LINK dining room.

Volunteers who want to deliver meals, help serve in the kitchen, prepare food for serving, clean up or do dishes can sign up to do so between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. starting today by calling Connolly at 865-3985.

Connolly said funds have been donated to buy 32 20-pound turkeys, which will be cooked by Maceli's restaurant.

The other menu items include dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, dinner rolls and pie, she said. The carry-out meals will include cranberry sauce and coleslaw in small containers.

Plans call for Maceli's to deliver the cooked turkeys on Nov. 22 to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1234 Ky. There, they will be carved by butcher Jerry Collee and his family.

Connolly said money donations, prepared or cooked food donations, and cranberry sauce may be brought to St. John's on Nov. 22.

Most of the dishes are generally prepared by church groups and brought to St. John's the day before the meal, she said.

Connolly said she will be given the lists of home deliveries on Nov. 22, and she and other volunteers will map out the next day's delivery routes for the volunteer drivers.

Drivers will begin arriving to get their instructions about 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving, and most of the deliveries will be on their way by 12:30 p.m.

After the deliveries are prepared and on their way, the food is taken over to the LINK dining room, where the meal is served.

"If there are any leftovers, they are served up the next day at LINK," Connolly said.


Kelly Powell 11 years, 6 months ago

How about the regulars who eat there take Shifts? I am not being sarcastic, i just feel if you have eaten there for years maybe you should put a little time in.

Kelly Powell 11 years, 6 months ago

give me a break.....first, i have 'walked in their shoes'...second,screw it, I'm not getting into this discussion again.......

Confrontation 11 years, 6 months ago

redneckbuddha-How dare you suggest that people help themselves!!! This is Lawrence! No one has to do anything for themselves. Gosh, what were you thinking?

KaraGourley 11 years, 6 months ago

I agree. I used to work there when I was in 4-H, YEARS AGO! I'll be honest some of the people that came through there were rude and ungrateful. Maybe having them help would be a good thing. Unsanitary... maybe a little... but we always had gloves and I think aprons on. Cant be certain of that since it was so long ago!

borrowedwings 11 years, 6 months ago

Wow...with comments like that, its a wonder why our world is the way it is today.

Danielle Brunin 11 years, 6 months ago

I was just thinking that maybe the people who are rude and ungrateful act that way because of their pride. Whether they are needy or have no family, the holidays may be kind of a tough time for them. That, of course, is not an excuse for treating people badly who are just trying to help, but it makes it a little more understandable. I've noticed this a lot when I've worked in soup kitchens, especially with elderly people. Sometimes asking for or receiving help isn't an easy thing.

Sarah Rahija 11 years, 6 months ago

What if we gave of ourselves with the heart of a true servant? Would it make a difference in the impression made on the people we are serving?

Are we serving with a gracious attitude, trying to meet an actual need, or are we trying to serve in a way that makes us feel like we did our part? I am learning this lesson slowly, and what I have learned so far, is that when we serve with an intent to find and meet a need, the outcome is much better for those we are serving.

I have never eaten at LINK or any of the other wonderful places who offer meals to the homeless population, but something I have heard is that the food isn't that great (which might account for the negative attitude of some of those who eat there regularly) ... do we prepare the food with a quantity vs quality mentality, to just get food on the table, or with the same care we cook to feed our own families?

Like I said, this is a lesson I am slowly learning, and I'm trying to change my attitude. How will an attitude change affect the attitude of those we serve? Will that change affect the choices they/we all make in the future? Just some "food" for thought.

Kelly Powell 11 years, 6 months ago

prospector: i went out of my way not to be demeaning to the link crowd.

mklady: It is very difficult for most people to serve with a gracious attitude for any extended period of time.... ....good luck with your search for enlightenment

borrowedwings 11 years, 6 months ago

My comment was towards the comments that were made on this article, not directed to the article. With people like those making those comments, I was saying that it is no wonder why our world is where it is today. We put people in positions that make them the way that they are, and then we refuse to help them...better yet, we ask them not to grace our society with their presence. Next we call them lazy, rude, , yet have never even thought about walking even a step in their shoes. We bash on those who try to help them, only putting them in an even worse position. So, instead of all this unproductive talk and "suggestions" (even though you didn't know what you were talking about because they DO help out), perhaps you should get off your rear end and see the world through theirs eyes and help a neighbor out.

toefungus 11 years, 6 months ago

Republicans could help since they don't have anything else to do right now.

geekin_topekan 11 years, 6 months ago

How did the word homeless and community get mixed up? Sure there is a lot of homeless that show up but check out the people when you go.(if you go). Community is what has made Lawrence a desirable place to live.People have come here to escape the big city but they brought all the attitude and crap with them.

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