Portsmouth United Methodist Church Holds Complimentary “Take-Out” Thanksgiving Meals
Due to Covid-19, this year has been like no other in many ways with events and gatherings cancelled. For the Portsmouth United Methodist Church this meant finding a way to continue their annual free Thanksgiving Day Meal. Instead of the communal gathering of church members and the public to share in a Thanksgiving Day feast, this year became a “take-out” version.
Under the direction of Carol Swinehart and her son, Kurtis, a skeleton crew of volunteers from the church worked hard to prepare food, package meals and distribute them to cars as they pulled up to the church parking lot. The RI Health Department regulations related to Covid-19 were followed making this a safe way to provide free meals on Thanksgiving Day.
This event has always been well attended but the need this year may have been even greater given the financial impact of the pandemic on many families and because many local folks were alone and unable to travel to be with their families. 42 lbs. of boneless turkey and 102 meals were provided to a very appreciative group of people. “It was a blessing to help these people and we all had fun too”, said Carol Swinehart of the event.
PUMC is grateful to the many members of the congregation who volunteered or donated food or money to make this day go ahead in spite of a pandemic.