They served 200 people last year and are expecting more this time around. Wednesday, they had men stationed outside the church at four deep fryers, cooking turkeys. More volunteers brought them from home. Still more were cooked in the church's oven. They'll be serving 30 turkeys in all.
Cross Lanes residents who can't make it out to the dinner can call in for a meal at 304-776-5813. The dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In Charleston, the Frank Veltri Thanksgiving dinner is in its 43rd year. Veltri started the dinner in his home in 1966. It has since grown to feed more than 2,000 people, with dozens of volunteers. Before he died in 2001, he left the Kanawha Valley Foundation with an endowment to continue the dinner.
Anyone is welcome. Last year they served nearly 1,800 people by delivery and hundreds more in person.
"Anyone that wants a meal on Thanksgiving, they can come here and we'll feed them," said Angie Douglas, who helps organize the dinner. "If they're rich or if they're homeless, this is the place."
Volunteers will be delivering meals all day but can handle additional requests for delivered meals only in the morning. To request a meal, call 304-412-2786 between 7 and 9:30 a.m. The dinner will be from noon to 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church.
They can't accommodate any last-minute volunteers.
The Charleston Salvation Army will offer a meal from noon to 2 p.m. at its building at 301 Tennessee Ave. For more information, call 304-343-4548.
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.