Pine Street UMC ‘Thank Out’ dinner serves hundreds
Volunteers at Pine Street United Methodist Church were busy the weekend before Thanksgiving preparing food for their “Thank Out” meal to send out into the community to be shared with people they are thankful for. According to Pastor James Wooster, the group prepared 275 quarts of soup, 400 rolls and 50 pounds of pasta salad. He estimated they served about 300 people. “What we encouraged people to do was to take soup for someone they were thankful for who was not connected to our congregation. We made sure that our shut-ins or our folks that haven’t been able to get out got soup. The people who were here on Sunday morning took soup to their friends and family members. We know people took soup to first responders, to nurses they knew. Somebody took soup to a new family in their neighborhood. Other people took soup to neighbors who had always been helpful to them,” he said. “Several folks in the church have come to me and said they found this ‘Thank Out’ so much more meaningful than a normal Thanksgiving because they were able to share and spread gratitude throughout the community,” he added.