Callaway is a key organizer of the Community Thanksgiving luncheon, which has served people in need at Thanksgiving time for 10 years now. For the past five or six years, the one-day event has taken place at Calhoun First Presbyterian Church because of the easy access that facility provides, said Judy Greeson, another organizer.
This year, the format is a little different, though. Instead of having just one location, there will be four places throughout the county where people can get a hot meal. Volunteers at each location will begin serving food Wednesday, Nov. 24, at 11 a.m.
The additional locations will beneficial for those who cannot make it into Calhoun, Greeson explained.
“It’s a long way just to come for a plate,” Callaway said of residents who live in outlying areas of the county.
About 2,700 people were served last year, Greeson estimated, and there was food left over that the organizers donated to a similar event at a local church.
Organizers have already ordered enough food for 3,500 people, Greeson said, and there is a need for volunteers for the event.
“Just show up and we’ll put you to work,” she said.
The variety of locations will probably increase traffic this year, Callaway said.
Callaway emphasized the sense of community between organizations trying to help the hungry, even those not involved in this endeavor.
“We’re all trying to serve the same people. Nobody tries to turfguard,” she said.
“This is a community meal,” she explained. “It’s not one person’s baby; it’s everybody’s baby.”
How to volunteer:
For the Calhoun First Presbyterian location:
Call: Judy Greeson at 678-986-8217 or Sheila Callaway at 706-629-2333
For the Fairmount Community Center location:
Call: Harry Pierce at 706-337-5306
For the Fellowship Baptist Church (Plainville) location:
Call John Jackson at 770-773-7500
For the Oakman Community Center:
Call Larry Black at 678-986-7058 or Sandy Silvers at 770-881-6726