Within the last two years, volunteer bakers who work at the law firm Spilman Thomas & Battle have provided 10,000 desserts for Trinity's Table, a Sunday dinner ministry at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.
The 20 co-workers are now gearing up for the pre-Thanksgiving feast at Trinity, where hundreds are expected to be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. They are baking dozens of pies, including pumpkin, sweet potato and assorted fruit.
Since 2010, free Sunday suppers have been offered at the church to anyone who wishes to eat there, no questions asked.
Married attorneys Lee Feinberg and Susan Riggs are partners at Spilman and members at Trinity, where they became involved in helping with the dinners.
The dessert service offered by employees at the firm began with one email.
"Lee was talking with folks in the office about what he and his wife do to participate in Trinity's Table," said Karrie Mattox, a paralegal at the firm. "He was talking about the meals and the number of people served."
Mattox realized that as meal organizers concentrated on providing proteins and vegetables, they found it difficult to include desserts.
She sent out an email to co-workers and within minutes enough people were on board to provide numerous desserts the last Friday of each month to be delivered to the church for the following Sunday.
It began with a group of 18 and has since expanded to 20. Participants may bake or buy desserts or donate cash to pick up more.
"We've been doing it every month for two years," Mattox said. "We deliver the last Sunday of the month. The overage is frozen so they can extend the weeks (desserts are available). We've calculated to date we've done over 10,000 desserts."
In addition to providing such goodies, on special occasions, such as holidays, the group puts together bags with treats and crafts for kids to take home. For Memorial Day and Labor Day they provided all the fixings for an ice cream bar as well as watermelon.
"We come up with new ideas all the time," Mattox said. "For Thanksgiving and Christmas we will have take-home crafts in individual baggies."