Sponsored by Powerhouse Ministries, the event is typically scheduled the week before Thanksgiving to serve the community as people get ready to prepare their own holiday meals, according to Pastor Charles Stephenson. Proceeds raised help fund the church and some of its outreach programs.
One new program will benefit not only those in the community who won't have a Thanksgiving meal, but also those who have difficulty getting out of the house.
The H.C. Community Thanksgiving Dinner is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day at the new Handy Chapel Community Center, at 450 E. Jackson St. in Marshall.
"(We'll) deliver dinners to the elderly and the disabled," said Sheila Stephenson, who's spearheading the dinner. "We want to be sure to get to them."
The meal, however, is free to the entire community, particularly those who won't have a dinner of their own.
Volunteers with Soul Food Extravaganza served a variety of meats including smothered pork steak, fried chicken, ribs, barbecue chicken off the grill, brisket, country ham, ox tail and chitlins. Some of the side dishes included macaroni and cheese, collard greens, sweet potatoes, corn bread and potato salad.
"Each year, we're hoping it gets bigger," she continued.
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