CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Three years ago, Ron Jones woke his wife at 4 a.m. He had awakened in the night, struck with the urge to plan a Thanksgiving dinner for the community, and needed to tell her about it.
"And she said, 'Yeah, go ahead,' " he said.
Jones and his wife, residents of Chapmanville, planned the event and garnered volunteers that year with a grassroots, social media campaign, "mainly through Facebook," and have been holding it ever since.
Last year, they served 500 meals. This year, they're preparing for more, with 34 turkeys.
The dinner, held today at Chapmanville Middle School from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., is open to the community. Jones said they have about 27 volunteers cooking and working the dinner but "there's always enough work," and he would welcome last-minute volunteers.
They will be delivering meals to anyone who can't get out of the house. To request a meal or for more information, call 304-687-9520.
In Cross Lanes, the members of the Cross Lanes United Methodist Church will put on a Thanksgiving dinner for the second time. It's held at the church.
Kim Henry, a volunteer, said the kitchen is "stocked to the gills" but the church would still welcome more volunteers.
"One of the best things to do is sit down and eat with people and make them feel at home," she said. "We would never turn anyone away when they come to help."