By Ashley Graves
The Cullman Times
With the aroma of several baking turkeys flowing through the fellowship hall at First Baptist Church of Cullman, Grover Reeves took a minute to rest Tuesday, as he and others were busy preparing for the annual free Thanksgiving meal on Thursday.
Twenty-three turkeys down, 62 more to go. Oh, and the green beans and scalloped potatoes.
“We won’t run out of food,” Reeves said.
Up from the 195 served the first year, Cullman area churches, along with the Cullman Ministerial Association are expecting to feed at least 1,254 this year, though Reeves said enough food is being prepared for 1,500. In addition to the inmates at the Cullman County Detention Center, volunteers will also deliver meals to firefighters, city police officers, sheriff’s deputies, and emergency personnel on duty Thursday, as well as any other persons requesting a meal be delivered. Those wishing to come and dine in the fellowship hall at First Baptist may do so as well, Reeves said.
Reeves began helping with the nonprofit event roughly 20 years ago after it was started by Rick Elrod.
“I had been wanting someone to do this because I felt there was a need for it to be done.” Reeves said.
He added he’s continued to do it because of the joy it brings.
“It just makes you want to cry seeing those come in who may be eating their only meal for the day,” Reeves said. “But at the same time, it gives you a warm feeling inside knowing you’ve helped someone out.”
A devotion will be held in the fellowship hall at 10:30 a.m. Plates will be served at 11 a.m. with deliveries beginning at the same time.
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