Seniors and area nurs ing home residents are served heaping plates of Thanksgiving goodies during the annual Church of Christ Potluck Dinner, Wednesday. (Mark Wilson Photo)
Country Club Road Church of Christ, 700 W. Country Club Road, hosted its 37th annual Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner for nursing home residents and seniors confined to their homes, on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
â€œIt started off as a small little meal for one nursing home in town and it has exploded from there,â€ Nici Austin, coordinator, said.Â â€œNow, we try to reach every nursing home. They bring their residents here â€” weâ€™ll feed between 300 and 400 people. We also take meals to those who canâ€™t come.â€
Seniors from the Beehive Homes of Roswell, Casa Maria Health Care Center, La Villa Assisted Living and Memory Care, Mission Arch Care Center, Sunset Villa Care and Chaves County J.O.Y.Â Centers were on hand at the dinner.
â€œFor some of these folks, this is the only time of year that they get to come out,â€ Austin said.Â â€œItâ€™s a blessing for our members that we get to serve the community and reach out and show how much we care. We thoroughly enjoy it.â€
About 200 volunteers, including members of the Country Club Road Church of Christ congregation and Roswell community served the meal. Lawrence Brothers IGA donated the turkeys for the feast. â€œItâ€™s just a huge endeavor,â€ Austin said.
â€œWe do it lovingly and weâ€™re so thankful that we have the opportunity to do it.â€ â€œLots of people canâ€™t go home for Thanksgiving and they donâ€™t have lovedones that come see them,â€ June Brown, former potluck dinner coordinator said. â€œThis is good fellowship for the people.â€