Rotary Club Past President Glenn Bunch told his fellow Rotarians Tuesday about the 10th year of the Marlboro County Thanksgiving Feast during their weekly luncheon meeting at The Skye.
On last Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, Bennettsville Presbyterians and other community members provided a full Thanksgiving dinner for some 1300 residents of Marlboro County.
Bunch and Rotary Club President - elect John Powers were co-chairmen of the event coordinated by First Presbyterian Church.
Not only did church members plan, prepare, prepack, and provide these meals, they also arranged for them to be delivered to the recipients’ homes.
Bunch said, “And, we were through by 11:30 am that morning.”
He said that the history of this community outreach meal began 10 years ago when Elisabeth McNiel and Jamie Grant returned to Bennettsville after a church family weekend retreat at Montreat, NC.
They felt that their church needed to have a community outreach endeavor and came up with the idea of a Thanksgiving feast for those in the county who may not have one provided for them.
Bunch said, “Why do we do it? To render Service Above Self which is also our Rotary motto.”
He said that it takes dozens of church members and others to make this happen and he expressed his gratitude for all who helped and those who donated funds to make it successful.
“We have a good time doing what we do and it’s all because we want to render service to others beyond ourselves,” Bunch added.
He said that a great deal of preparation is involved in planning for the event, such as slicing turkeys and pumpkin pies, packaging cranberry sauce and seasoning sweet potato patties in the days prior to the holiday.
But on Thanksgiving morning, more than 90 church and community members show up for the final preparation, packing, and organizing meals for the deliverers to take to the many homes.
Bunch showed a number of photographs of the group at work on Thanksgiving Day at the church as well as some of the work and workers that preceded that day.
He said that the Rotary Club Barbecue and the Thanksgiving Feast both serve others.
“When we do what is right, that joy always comes back to us,” he added.
“How can we do this?” he asked.
“Because we do it for the right reason,” he concluded.
In appreciation for Bunch’s program, Powers presented him a speaker’s gift.