Pre-Thanksgiving gatherings expected to serve at least 5,000 meals
by Marie Nesmith
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Through the efforts of New Frontier of Bartow County Inc. and Christian Hearts United Reaching Community’s Hungry, more than 5,000 meals will be served prior to Thanksgiving. To help the large-scale operations reach their goals, the groups’ supporters are appealing to the public for financial assistance as well as donations of coats and blankets.

Feed the Community Dinner

On Nov. 17, the New Frontier’s Feed the Community Dinner in Honor of Michael T. Dean will provide a free meal and on-site services to at least 2,000 people at the Cartersville Civic Center, 435 W. Main St. The 12th annual event is the largest outreach project of the nonprofit that also provides academic scholarships.

“We just want to make sure that everyone in Bartow County has an opportunity to have a good hot meal, even if it’s just for one day,” said Bryan Canty, past president for the New Frontier. “Not only that, but [we] also offer basic healthcare services and barber and beautician services.

“This was [Michael Dean’s] concept and now with him being gone right about a year, it’s very important that we continue this legacy and we’ll honor his legacy with the continued tradition of the Feed the Community Dinner,” he said, referring to Dean, a former New Frontier president, who passed away in 2011.

Starting at 10 a.m., complimentary on-site services will be available, including barber and beautician stations, a health fair, AIDS screenings, voter registration, legal aid and a coat dispersal. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., a meal will be served, consisting of turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green beans, rolls, peas and carrots, cranberry sauce, tea, lemonade and assorted desserts.

In 2011, the Feed the Community offering supplied about 2,000 meals, of which more than 25 percent were provided to children; 20 percent to disabled individuals; and more than 15 percent to elderly participants.

“We just want everyone in this community to come out and fellowship and just get together,” Canty said, adding donations of coats and blankets also are being sought for the event. “I think [that] is important now with all the seemingly divisive issues that have split this country apart. When you come right down to it, we’re all in this thing together.”

With about $10,000 needed to fund the event, New Frontier members are seeking donations from the community. To contribute, supporters can mail donations to New Frontier of Bartow County Inc., Attn: Feed the Community Dinner Committee, P.O. Box 1891, Cartersville, GA 30120. Those wanting to volunteer need to call William Solomon at 404-625-3880.

For more information about the Feed the Community Dinner, contact Tony Suber at 404-825-9529 or tonysuber@certuswealth.com; or Canty at 770-655-0927.

CHURCH

Christian Hearts United Reaching Community’s Hungry will extend a free pre-Thanksgiving meal and on-site services to those in need on Nov. 21. With the event’s organizers expecting 3,000 people, the offering has evolved from a small Thanksgiving dinner at Freedom Worship Center several years ago.

“At Freedom Worship Center we started to feed the hungry and clothe them,” said Ronnie Richardson, pastor of Freedom Worship Center. “[We] did the same thing just on a smaller scale. The first year, we fed 250 people. The second year, we fed approximately right at 500 people. Last year, we moved to the Cartersville Civic Center and fed 1,495 people. This year, we’re anticipating 3,000 people.

“So it was a ministry that was birthed at Freedom Worship Center but now it’s become a multi-church, cross-denominational ministry. So it’s something all of us are participating [in] now,” he said, adding about 18 churches from across the county are involved in the pre-Thanksgiving outreach effort.

To be held at the Cartersville Civic Center, the offering will occur from 2 to 8 p.m. The meal will consist of turkey, gravy, dressing, green beans, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, a roll, dessert, lemonade or tea. Among the on-site services will be haircuts and the distribution of coats, blankets, and health and beauty aids. Participants also will have the opportunity to donate blood during the event.

“The main reason [for this event is] to show a united church across all denominational lines,” Richardson said. “So you have many different churches [and] denominations [participating] and we’re just giving back and helping those that are in need. Bartow County has blessed us so much that we just want to give back to those during this season. That’s the main premise, [it] is to help people.”

Currently, three Cartersville organizations are serving as collection sites for the community to donate coats and blankets for the event. They include Immanuel Broadcasting Network, 779 S. Erwin St.; Jordan Scott Salon, 30 W. Main St.; and James Turner’s Dry Cleaners, 155 W. Main St.

Those needing transportation to the event need to call 770-596-1046 or 404-886-3224. For more information about the upcoming community gathering or to make a financial contribution, call 770-596-1046 or 770-607-3174.