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Lowell volunteers prepare a feast fit for 250 people
Lowell volunteers prepare a feast fit for 250 people

LOWELL, Mich.—  The turkeys are in the oven as First Congregational United Church of Christ prepares to serve up its community Thanksgiving dinner.

Organizers are expecting to serve meals to approximately 250 people this year.  The food is paid for by donations, so the dinner is free and open to everyone.  No registration is required.

“This is not just about feeding hungry people, it’s about being a community with each other,” says Shannon, who is one of the event’s lead organizers.

Event planners say a team of volunteers has already begun cooking up the more than 100 pounds of turkey needed for the feast.  Donations also paid for 25 pounds of roast beef, 75 pounds of potatoes, 15 pies and 250 cookies, which are all being baked in the church’s licensed kitchen.  Visitors can also dine on green bean casserole, corn, squash and stuffing.

To accommodate the crowds, Lowell Congregational UCC will hold three Thanksgiving meals at 12 p.m. 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday.  Even after the traditional meal is over, the feast will continue; food scraps and plate leftovers will be picked up by the Lowell Wildlife Center Thursday afternoon so rescued animals can also enjoy a holiday meal.

First Congregational United Church of Christ is located at 865 Lincoln Lake Ave. SE in Lowell.  For more information about the event, call (616) 897-5906.

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