Rushville Republican

November 11, 2012

Thanksgiving meal prepared, delivered

Volunteers needed, meal sign-ups underway

Melissa Conrad
Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — For some of our friends and neighbors in Rush County there would be no Thanksgiving meal were it not for the generous tradition of delivering a bountiful meal from local churches and volunteers to residents in need on Wednesday, Nov. 21.

“We don’t question the need,” Bonnie Barnes, a local organizer, said.

If you or someone you know are shut-ins, have low or fixed incomes or otherwise might not get a Thanksgiving dinner, call Main Street Christian Church at 932-2997 by Monday, Nov. 19 to request the delivery of this free meal with a name, address, directions to the home and the number of meals needed. Sign-up sheets are also available at various locations and churches throughout the community, or call Main Street at 9352-2997 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday to request this special meal at no charge.

Someone will need to be home between 4 and 6 p.m. to receive the delivery Nov. 21.

Barnes said many volunteers from churches, businesses, service organizations and individuals throughout the county come together to make this special meal possible.

Last year more than 600 meals were delivered to area residents who might have gone without otherwise.

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Nov. 20 and from 9 a.m. on through delivery Wednesday, Nov. 21 to help prepare this special Thanksgiving meal.

Drivers to deliver the more than 600 meals are needed by 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. There is a real need for additional drivers this year.

If you are able to help by cooking, driving or even through making a donation, you are urged to call or show up at Main Street Christian Church. Meals are not served at the church, so please call ahead to arrange delivery. Donations of pumpkin pies and rolls are also being sought.

Any left-over food will be donated to the Salvation Army’s Lord’s Table in Connersville, which offers daily food service for the needy. In years past, however, the need has been great here in Rush County and most of the food given and prepared has gone out to serve local residents.

The meal includes turkey, dressing, green beans, sweet potatoes, a roll and pie.

Last year,volunteers were able to prepare and send out more than 600 meals in under an hour to local residents in need ahead of Thanksgiving.

Barnes says drivers, in past years, have also identified greater needs as they made their way from home to home, and churches try to help residents who, with the coming holidays, may need a little extra by way of gifts or help making their holidays a bit more joyful.

“It feels good after you’ve done it,” Barnes said.

She and the other volunteers and supporters continue to keep this rare and generous tradition of caring strong in Rush County. The tradition began years ago by the Rushville Church of Christ under Dick Ponsler. Main Street Christian Church took over the tradition in 1998 after Ponsler’s passing to help carry on needed and appreciated Thanksgiving dinner ministry in the community.



Contact: Melissa Conrad @ 765.932.2222 x107