BY JASMINE WILLIAMS
SHARON (November 25) – The Sharon community came together to celebrate Thanksgiving by helping others this year with a holiday meal, including trimmings, for community members.
Many around Weakley County were not able to gather with their friends and family this year due to COVID-19 or was not able to cook a Thanksgiving meal for themselves and their family. The City of Sharon came together to help those this year to have a Thanksgiving meal and feel a sense of community with a free Thanksgiving meal.
Anyone in the Sharon community was able to sign up to receive free meals prepared by volunteers on Wednesday, November 25. On Wednesday, those who signed up for a free meal could drive to the Sharon Senior Center to pick up their food. This was to decrease the amount of person-to-person contact. Many who drove through were very thankful that Sharon was doing this for free and that it was open for the entire community.
Dishes were also delivered to those who where not able to leave their house to pick up their food at the senior center. Many businesses around Sharon donated money to hold this event, including Tracy’s Place, Sharon Furniture and Appliance, the Sharon Corn and Music Festival Committee, Delta Imaging, Triple S Automotive, Smith Farms and Simmons banks.
Volunteers included members of the Corn and Music Festival Committee and members of the community.
More than 270 dinners were handed out Wednesday evening. The free plates included turkey, dressing, green beans, cranberry sauce, and a cookie.
Much of the food was donated to Sharon for this event, which included 30 smoked turkeys and plates of dressing from Kountry Korner in Dresden.
Mayor Ali Stalter stated, “We are grateful for the donations and we are grateful that we are able to do this and we hope that we can do this twice as big next year. This was on a whim this year and we know that with COVID some were not financially able to provide a Thanksgiving and this will provide it for them.”
This was the first year for the whole community to have the opportunity to receive a free meal for Thanksgiving.