Free Thanksgiving dinner offered in Baldwin

BALDWIN — It's said there's a blessing that comes from serving, and the Men of Purpose community group of God's True Vine Church are taking that literally.

They will be hosting a dinner at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 27, at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Baldwin. Although hosted by St. Ann's, it is being organized by the Men of Purpose.

"All are invited to a free Thanksgiving dinner to get together, eat and give thanks to God," remarked Bill Bomar, a member of the Men of Purpose.

The event is open to all, and will serve until the food runs out. Although being held at the St. Ann's senior center building, the dinner is open to people of all ages and serves anyone from individuals to large families.

The Men of Purpose said that although they have been hosting these Thanksgiving meals for eight years, this year is even more important because many groups who put on Thanksgiving meals have tightened their restrictions in recent years.

"Food stamps and FiveCap aren't giving out any additional food this year," said Bomar. "Some people have been taking advantage of these programs, so many other groups have had to reduce services due to these few people taking advantage of their kindness, but we're taking everyone."

This will be the second year the meal will be held at St. Ann's. It was previously hosted at the Yates Township building, but was moved to St. Ann's for additional room and so the group could use the space free of charge, thus leaving more funds that could go towards food.

For those who cannot make it to the dinner itself or wish to eat at home, there is a take-out option in which residents are able to call between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to place an order. Also, during that time, those without transport can call to arrange a ride to St. Ann's for pick-up between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Bomar said that this is all so they can accommodate everyone who wishes to join in or needs a leg-up this holiday season.

"It's important that the community knows there's someplace they can go," said Bomar. "Nobody wants to be alone on Thanksgiving, that's the key here."