Thanksgiving tradition continues

By Beth Sergent

November 21, 2013

POINT PLEASANT — Gratitude is the quickest path to happiness and these days, what is there to be more grateful for than a good meal?

Unfortunately, more and more people are going without that meal and to many, Thanksgiving can be another day of struggling to find anything to put on the table. Since the mid 1990’s, the Presbyterian Church in Point Pleasant has been offering its free Community Thanksgiving Dinner to help lessen that struggle, at least for a day, and this year is no exception.

The church will be serving dinner from 4-6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 26. The dinner is open to all who would like to share a meal and fellowship.

Pam Heib of the Presbyterian Church, said the dinner only continues to grow with last year’s being the largest yet - over 300 plates were served. Since the need has continued to grow so has the grocery list and this year church volunteers will be cooking 13 20-pound turkeys, 110 pounds of potatoes as well as countless vegetables and desserts.

All of the supplies are paid for out of the church’s service committee fund and again, are prepared by church members and volunteers. Heib said the biggest expense for the dinner is purchasing the turkeys and though she hopes one day someone will step up and donate some turkeys, until then, the show (and dinner) must and will go on.

“Everyone is welcome and the dinner really is for everyone,” Heib said about the many walks of life the dinner attracts. “We want everyone to come out. It’s a good way to bump into a neighbor or old friend.”

Heib said last year’s record attendance underscored that many in the community are suffering to meet basic needs.

“We had such a big crowd (last year) and there’s so many hurting,” Heib said.

The church also offers an emergency food pantry and clothes closet open from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Any churches or organizations which would like to promote its community Thanksgiving dinners or events should feel welcome to email announcements for free publication in the Point Pleasant Register at