“It’s not a handout, it’s a family Thanksgiving,” she said. “It’s like peace on earth when we’re all co-existing and eating. It’s beautiful.”
She called the kitchen staff “a well-oiled machine.” They use about 10 cookers for the meat, potatoes and green beans, she said.
“It’s like your kitchen at home but bigger,” she said. “There is a sense of camaraderie, a sense of community.”
Since organizers never know how many will attend the dinner, Lewis said it’s impossible to plan the amount of food needed.
“God just provides,” she said. “The food is always there. We always have plenty,”
Besides food, there will be a coat and glove giveaway and hygiene items. There also will be a photo station.
There will be a drawing and one family will win an entire Christmas package, including presents and dinner for everyone in the family, courtesy of Kingswell Ministries.
This year, Lewis is being assisted by Michelle Hodge and Bethany Tompkins. She hopes to turn organizing the dinner over to them, she said.
Those who want to attend the Middletown Community Thanksgiving Dinner and need transportation can be picked up at the following locations and times on Nov. 22:
11:30 a.m.: Middletown Area YMCA, 1020 Manchester Ave.
11:45 a.m.: Wilbraham Road and Tytus Avenue area
Noon: Bus stop at South Main Street and McGuire Avenue
12:15 p.m.: Amanda area near Damon Park, 1500 Pershing Ave.
1 p.m.: Center of Hope, 1300 Girard Ave.
1 p.m.: Hope House, 34 S. Main St.
To reserve transportation from your home, call 513-649-9699