Coon Rapids church continues Thanksgiving Day tradition

Faith Lutheran Church, Coon Rapids, continued a long Thanksgiving Day tradition Thursday, Nov. 22.

For some 35 years, church volunteers have served a free Thanksgiving Day meal for the community.

Shelby Brinkman (left), Dyann Mills (center) and Ron Mills (right) were among the many volunteers working at the Faith Lutheran Church, Coon Rapids, annual free Thanksgiving Day community meal event today (Thursday, Nov. 22).

Reservations were taken from more than 200 people, but there were also several walk-ins at the door this morning, according to Joan Blesi, one of three co-chairpersons of the event, along with Kathy DeGrote and Jane Brinkman.

In addition, 30 meals were delivered by volunteers to people in the community.

The Thanksgiving Day dinner of turkey and all the trimmings, plus dessert (cakes and pies) and beverages, which include orange from McDonalds at Northdale and Foley boulevards in Coon Rapids, were served in two sittings over the two hours of the event.

There was a new provider of food this year, Blesi said.

Jensen’s Foods of Northdale Shopping Center, Coon Rapids, supplied the turkey, potatoes, corn and gravy to the church at a deep discount, according to Blesi,

In all, the store provided 100 pounds of turkey in eight trays, Blesi said.

Twenty-four tables were set up in the church fellowship hall, all with relish trays, cranberries, rolls and butter.

“We had some 100 volunteers, both adults and youth, working at the event,” Blesi said.

Besides the meal, 85 grocery bags went home with dinner guests from items donated by church members and baked goods from Costco, Blesi said.

Church members also donated hats, mittens and scarves that dinner guests could take home.

And a Friend2Friend trailer, the mobile ministry of Horizon Community Church was parked outside the church for people to visit and take home clothing plus books and toys for children.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]

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