Giving thanks for volunteers

One week from today, dozens of people in the Marietta community will be busy cooking turkey, serving mashed potatoes and cleaning up afterward.

But these volunteers will be doing this not for their own families, but for neighbors, acquaintances and complete strangers.

The Mid-Ohio Valley is host to a number of free holiday meals each Thanksgiving, and this year will be no exception.

Many local people will spend their Turkey Day working to help others have a happy holiday experience, when otherwise they may not. That includes not only food preparation and service but meal delivery–and lots and lots of advance planning.

In Marietta, the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day at Norwood United Methodist Church at the corner of Oakwood Avenue and Colegate Drive in Marietta.

It’s a meal that almost didn’t happen this year. Despite a dedicated team to handle most of the labor, a new organizer was needed. Marietta newcomer Michael Williams stepped up and the event–which feeds about 500 people each year–will go on.

The event is in addition to similar meals held in Williamstown and Parkersburg.

Before we get too busy prepping our own meals and greeting Thanksgiving visitors, let’s take a moment to be thankful for those who go above and beyond for the community on this day. Tell them thank you–and maybe consider joining them next year.