This past Saturday, December 21, marked the ninth annual Christmas Kitchen which has been held in the community since 2004. Each year the weekend before Christmas, meals are prepared and delivered from East Thomaston Baptist Church with a host of volunteers from all over the area pitching in to make ensures those in need throughout the community will have a traditional holiday meal to share with their families. Christmas Kitchen committee member Ruth Hatchett estimated that 2,260 plates were filled and passed out this year, which is a large jump from the 700 that were fed the first year the program was in existence less than a decade ago. The Christmas Kitchen relies on the generous donations from local businesses and individuals throughout Upson County as well as the help of the 250-300 volunteers who do everything from cooking the food, to packing boxes and making deliveries. Hatchett stated that they had excellent volunteers again this year and everything went wonderfully well.
Pictured are volunteers preparing and packaging the plates that were sent to those in need throughout the community.