Breaking News: Church Starts Tradition, Welcoming Community for Thanksgiving Feast
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A local church opened its doors to community members in hopes of starting a new Thanksgiving tradition. Central Christian Church members volunteered to cook meals for hundreds of people.
Residents in Weaver, Weller and Boyd districts were invited here to Central Christian Church for a nice home cooked Thanksgiving meal.
"We're opening the doors for the entire community no matter who they are, where they're from how they live we're just going to let them be here, be happy, be fed and be a part of the fellowship in the community," said Rev. Geoff Weinman.
Rev. Weinman said the church was excited to welcome the community for its first Thanksgiving dinner.
"We're hoping this takes off, that it's a good reception, that everybody has fun and a good time and we continue this for years to come," said Rev. Weinman.
He said it all happened thanks to the help of volunteers.
"Some members of the church and members of the community came to me and said we would like to help feed some people this Thanksgiving dinner," Rev. Weinman said.
Gary Morris and his wife have been members of Central Christian Church for more than 15 years. They've cooked for events before and Thursday they started cooking at 3:30 for 300 people.
"We did dressing and green beans. That's to go with the turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls that an anonymous donor donated to the church," said Morris.
He said it's something he's thankful he can do and Rev. Weinman agrees.
"It's for people that are either unable to cook for themselves, unable to provide for themselves and just the general fellowship that we get from having other people in the community come and have a meal with us," Morris said.
"Not very often do we get the chance to give to other people. Christmas and Thanksgiving is about it when we have that opportunity it's nice that we do," said Rev. Weinman.
As the tradition grows the church hopes to open its doors to many more people in the future.