Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

November 23, 2013

United Methodist Church to hold annual Thanksgiving meal

By Amanda Browning Daily News
Greensburg Daily News

---- — GREENSBURG – Well over two decades ago, David Bean and his late wife Carolyn began serving a free Thanksgiving meal for the less fortunate people of Decatur County.

The tradition began by the Beans 22 years ago is now being carried on by their daughters, Debbie Sellers and Melissa Fischer, at Greensburg United Methodist Church. A full turkey dinner will be served at the church on Thanksgiving, with meals available in the social hall at noon or delivery of a packaged meal to those who are unable to get to the church starting around 11 a.m.

Marjory Hollowell, from Greensburg United Methodist Church, said one group of volunteers will cook the food and package it for delivery, while another group will serve meals in the social hall, deliver food to homebound people and clean up afterward. The full dinner will consist of turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, turkey dressing, green beans, cranberry salad, rolls and homemade pies.

Hollowell said the volunteers have all made a full day commitment to spending their Thanksgiving helping the less fortunate of Decatur County. While there are likely enough volunteers to complete the needed work for the day of service, Hollowell said they can always use volunteers, especially for cleanup afterward.

“Many of them come for the food and fellowship,” Holowell said of both volunteers and patrons.

Reservations for home meal delivery will be taken until Wednesday of next week. The meals are completely free, though free-will offerings will be accepted. Holowell added that Greensburg United Methodist Church is an open door church and anyone is welcome at any time.

Holowell said the Beans began the tradition as a way to help those alone for the holidays, those without family, people who are physically unable to cook a holiday meal and those who cannot afford one.

Greensburg United Methodist Church is located at the corner of North and Broadway Streets. Anyone wishing to volunteer or wanting more information about this event may contact the church office during business hours until Wednesday at 812-663-5683.

When asked why the church has continued the tradition the Beans started nearly a quarter century ago, Holowell said, “We’re serving the people that need it.”

Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004 amanda.browning@greensburgdailynews.com