Volunteers are busy this week preparing food for a free pre-Thanksgiving dinner at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on Sunday.
They are ready to serve more than 500 meals from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Anyone can eat with no questions asked at the church, located at 1600 Kanawha Blvd. E.
While preparing for such a crowd may sound overwhelming, numerous volunteers have stepped up to the plate to offer services and donations.
"It is so exciting," said Sara Johe Busse, church member and an organizer of the event. "People have been so giving from all over the community. I'm overwhelmed."
Volunteer efforts so far include 25 cooks preparing 35 turkeys, 24 people who have offered to make a couple dozen deviled eggs each and 30 cranberry sauce cooks. The meal will also include mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and rolls.
A crew of volunteers from the law firm of Spilman Thomas & Battle will bake 60 pies.
"They are wonderful," Busse said. "They supply enough desserts for us for the whole month every month. They made Halloween treats. At Christmas they will make cakes and cookies."
Free meals are served at the church from 5 to 6:30 p.m. each Sunday through a food ministry called Trinity's Table. Busse estimates between 400 and 600 eat there each week. On the Sundays preceding holidays, special meals are created. For example, the Sunday before Christmas will include a ham dinner.
Servers include a variety of volunteers from scout troops to members of the West Virginia State University men's basketball team.