Thanksgivng Brings Community Together

Carlos Villalobos

cvillalobos@newscenter25.com

Updated: 11/28/2013 8:16 pm

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As Glenda Woods sings and gives thanks, she is joined by countless other people who are doing the same.

Glenda, and others members of the community, are getting ready to eat a free Thanksgiving dinner provided by Mountain Olive Baptist Church.

Woods said she enjoyed coming to spend time with her friends and family.

"I get to see people I haven't seen in a long time and I get to sit down and talk to them and enjoy their company," Woods said.

The dinner began 28 years ago with the help of the former pastor and Mary Jones.

Together they decided Edna needed a place where those who are needy and elderly could come eat on Thanksgiving.

The event has now grown to where not only the needy can come enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.

Jones is happy with the direction the dinner has gone and she's received tons of positive feedback.

"The people seem to come out and enjoy a lot more. A lot of people seem to look forward to it because they tell us I thank y'all. The food is good and I'm looking forward to it next year," Jones said.

Looking forward to next year's Thanksgiving dinner is what woods has always done.

She has been coming to the event for 27 years and said her favorite part is seeing members of her community getting to enjoy a great meal.

"It gives me a good feeling. Everybody gets to eat. People get to eat that may not have been able to eat at first or they probably may not have been able to cook, especially the elderly people," Woods said.

For both Jones and Woods, being with different people from Edna on Thanksgiving day is exactly where they want to be.
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