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Gestures of goodwill in season of thanks

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November 23, 2009
Dinner for 300 is quite a feast.

Dinner for 400 is nothing short of a culinary feat.

The Holland Congregational Church hosted its annual Community Outreach Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday, Nov. 22, greeting more than 100 guests over last year's turnout.

With scores of visitors, over two afternoon seatings at Holland Elementary School, the team of volunteers from the church dished out more than 400 dine-in, take-out and delivery dinners.

Going into the weekend, the Rev. Bruce Plumley explained a team of approximately 50 volunteers were preparing 500 pounds of turkey, 250 pounds of potatoes, 120 pounds of butternut squash, 110 pounds of other vegetables and 400 biscuits — enough to feed anyone and everyone who walked through the doors.

"Thanksgiving is a great time to put on a meal," the Rev. Thomas Crouse said the afternoon of the dinner, looking out over the sea of people enjoying their dinner and digging into pumpkin, apple and blueberry pie desserts.

"It's just a way of being of service to the community," Crouse said.

Plumley explained, "This is our once a year community outreach. It really heightens the awareness of the community, how the church is there to reach out, serve and be a part of the community, and it's an opportunity for people to make new relationships and for fellowship with one another."

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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