Two local churches will host free Thanksgiving meals along with fellowship next week.
Berlin’s First Baptist Church will offer Thanksgiving dinners for its 30th year on Williams Street.
“It is an opportunity to share Thanksgiving with someone else and quite often people who live here are lonely so you are keeping them company,” said Sharon Parsons, church officer manager and a Thanksgiving volunteer since 2001.
About 40 volunteers and the church family provide turkeys and side dishes. The traditional dinner includes dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce, she said.
“There is so much joy in helping someone,” Parsons said. “We see it all come together and it is very rewarding.”
The volunteers cook Thanksgiving at their homes or come in to help prepare food before setting up the tables and serving guests in addition to clean-up duties.