In the next few days, volunteers will start preparing a massive meal that will include close to 30 turkeys for River of Life Christian Church’s 45th annual community Thanksgiving dinner, an event that brings out 600 to 800 people.
Such a feat is only possible through the donations and efforts of local grocery stores, businesses and members of River of Life’s congregation and other congregations, said Pastor Keith Kincaid. The partnership allows everyone involved to appreciate the community that made it possible, which he said is the motivation behind the tradition that’s lasted nearly half a century.
“It’s important for us as a church because it’s one of the ways we can give back to the community and it’s really a Thanksgiving to God and to Jesus Christ for all the blessings we receive,” Kincaid said.
The meal begins at 11:30 a.m. Thursday following a brief special Thanksgiving service at 11:15 a.m. at the church, located at 130 Mall Road. Donations are accepted but not required. Carry-out and deliveries are available by calling 574-753-3332. Those who are unable to make it out can even call for a ride, Kincaid said.
It’s one of several events being held in the area for Thanksgiving. While the locations differ, they all share food, fellowship and a motive of showing thanks to the community by providing an experience partakers themselves can be thankful for.
One thing people may be thankful for this year as the country continues to recover from the recent recession is the dropping price of Thanksgiving meals.
According to an informal survey conducted by the Indiana Farm Bureau, the average cost of a Thanksgiving meal for 10 is $48.12, down nearly $3 from last year’s average of $51.05.
While the prices of several Thanksgiving staples have actually gone up, the bureau credits much of the overall decrease to a significant rise in turkey production across the state.