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Making sure everyone can give thanks

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Several local organizations are trying to ensure that everyone can have Thanksgiving dinner.

By Sally Sanderson Fay

Many of us will be heading over the river and through the woods to celebrate Thanksgiving with our families. After eating the last bite of sweet potato pie, the top button and belt are undone while we settle in to watch a football game or the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. But many residents of Shelby County are not so fortunate.

For those, turkey and dressing may not dot the table with cranberries and mashed potatoes.

However, several groups throughout the county want to make sure everyone has a traditional big meal that ends with pumpkin pie.

God's Kitchen at Victory Baptist Church, on Main Street in Shelbyville, will open their doors yet again this year

Stacy Beckham, Director of God's Kitchen, says "I expect we'll serve about 120 people this Thanksgiving. We serve families, singles -everyone who needs a Thanksgiving meal. Serving begins at 11:30 on Thanksgiving Day."

But this time the volunteers and members with Victory will have help.

The Amcor Corporation contacted Victory and said they would like to donate the meal and serve. The menu consists of all the classics - turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans and of course dessert.

Amcor, located in Shelbyville on Midland Industrial Drive, is a multi-national packaging company with 35,000 worldwide employees.

Putting the service together is nothing new at God's Kitchen, the group serves lunch five days week for those in need.

And Victory Baptist Church isn't the only place making sure the county has enough to eat.

The Manna Food Pantry provides food boxes for needy and hungry in Shelby County. The New Hope Church, 1785 Robin Road, is open from 9 to 11 am this Saturday to distribute boxes. Identification and proof of address is required.

The Boy Scouts will be in neighborhoods this Saturday, November 20th collecting non-perishable food items. Donations should be on the front porch by 8:30 am. or can also be dropped off at Kroger.

You can help feed a hungry family by participating in the National Feed the Hungry Program. The Shelbyville Wal-Mart Store is supporting Operation Care's food pantry by being the designated drop off center for non-perishable items. Items most needed are crackers, peanut butter, cereal, oatmeal, juices, Kool-Aid, canned meats, powered milk, sugar, pasta and sauce, Hamburger Helper and canned fruits. Collection tubs are located near the front door for your convenience.

Father Bill Bowling of Church of the Annunciation says his Church has handed out food bags to their congregation to help fill the Central Latino food pantry.

Andy McDonald, Pastor of Discipleship and Outreach at First Baptist church says members of his congregation go to Colonial Hall the day before Thanksgiving for worship service and sharing in the Lord's Supper.