SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Thanksgiving is a time of traveling, feasting and spending time with loved ones, but in Sylacauga it is a day to serve others.

For the past 16 years, the Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement (SAFE) has given a Thanksgiving meal to the community. This year is no different.

This years event will begin around 10:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving day and will be hosted at First Presbyterian Church in Sylacauga.

According to executive director at SAFE, Margaret Morton, they usually serve about 3,000 plates throughout the day. There are three different ways to get food this year which are walk-ins, pick-up reservations and delivery reservations.

“When I hear of other events like this around the state and around the nation, I don’t know that there is another place where over 3,000 plates are served on Thanksgiving day all through volunteer service,” said Morton.

The event is run completely by volunteers from around the community. Some of the groups assisting the event are Sylacauga City Schools, Coosa Valley Medical Center and churches from all over the area. Morton says there are many ways people can help such as carving the turkeys, serving the food and donating.

According to Morton, people can donate $25 and that will purchase a turkey. People are also encouraged to donate cakes, cookies, pies and any other deserts. Morton also says that a big way people can help is by assisting in cleaning up the church after.

“The meal consists of turkey, dressing, gravy, rolls, green beans, macaroni and cheese, corn, yams and deserts,” says Morton.

The event gives the people who don’t have family, friends or the finances a chance to have a Thanksgiving meal.

“When you are there and a part of it and actually have the opportunity to watch this whole event unfold and the magnitude of commitment from this community you truly feel more blessed to give than to receive,” said Morton. “It really speaks to where our heart is in Sylacauga.”

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