Christmas Kitchen organizers are preparing for their ninth annual Christmas Kitchen, and looking for a few good volunteers to assist them. Volunteers are needed to prepare, serve, deliver, and clean up after the meals.
When Christmas Kitchen started in 2004, about 700 people were fed through generous donations made by businesses and individuals in Upson County. That number has grown each year, with more than 3,000 people being served last year.
This year, meals will be served on Saturday, December 21, from East Thomaston Baptist Church. The community can help through donations of food items, money, and time. Food items needed include turkey, ham, fried chicken (for children’ plates), dressing (they gave out of dressing last year), casseroles, cooked macaroni and cheese, canned corn, canned green beans, cranberry sauce, and individually wrapped desserts that do not have to be refrigerated, such as cookies, cupcakes, brownies and cake slices.
All cooked items must be delivered to East Thomaston Baptist Church at 206 Park Lane on Dec. 21 between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. If for some reason you cannot get your ham or turkey cooked, please take it by Thomaston Hardware no later than Wednesday morning, Dec. 18, by 10 a.m. Please have the meat thawed.
An account has been set up at Colony Bank for financial donations. Mark the donations for “Christmas Kitchen.”
Between 250-300 volunteers will be needed to help get everything done. The majority of the volunteers will help serve and drive.
Christmas Kitchen is also taking applications from needy families and nominations of families or individuals to receive a dinner.
To volunteer your services and/or donate food, and to nominate a family or individual to receive a dinner, please call one of the board members below:
Ruth Hatchett – 770-468-6048
Linda or Ralph Best – 706-647-5297
Betty McLeod – 706-647-5834
Juliette Hightower – 706-741-5117
Ray Crutchfield – 706-656-5588
Melvin Fallin – 706-975-1420
Marcie Bradberry – 770-712-7521