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With over 300 mouths to feed, the hope center needs about 300 pounds of turkey, 75 loaves of bread and 45 pounds of butter, all of which are donated by locals in the community.

Hagerstown, Md. - The Hope Center at the Hagerstown Rescue Mission is getting ready to host 300 community residents on Thanksgiving Day.

"They sort of have a limit on how many [volunteers] they can have,” said Bruce “Sonny” Shank, Executive Director of The Hope Center. “I know they've been turning people away because we have so many volunteers."

The volunteers help the center give local community members a place to go and be with others, when they might have otherwise spent Thanksgiving alone.

“I like a little turkey every now and then,” said Melvin Brown, a long-term resident at The Hope Center. “Yes, I'm looking forward to going down there, and eating all I can. I'm a little fat, but a couple extra pounds won't hurt me,” he joked.

With over 300 mouths to feed, the hope center needs about 300 lbs of turkey, 75 loaves of bread and 45 pounds of butter, all of which are donated by locals in the community.

“I've been a pastor over in Cascade for seven years,” said Mark Holster, Pastor at the Church Of God in Cascade, Md. “The church has been donating pies to the mission for many years before I got there."

"We can't do it alone. We need the help of the community, and we do truly thank everyone who is making this possible,” said Dorcas Black, the center’s sorting room supervisor and keeper of the center’s to-die for stuffing recipe.

The Hope Center will open it's doors tomorrow at noon, but there are several other places in the four-state area who are also offering free thanksgiving meals to anyone in need of food or company.

Metcalfe’s 10th Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Address: Lemasters Community Center in Lemasters, PA (on the corner of Etter and Steele Avenue)

Info: Call (717) 328-2366 for reservations. Delivery available within the Tuscarora School District for the elderly and infirmed.

The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission Thanksgiving Dinner

Time: 11:30 AM (Kids activities start at 11:00 AM)

Address: 125 North Prospect Street, Hagerstown, MD

Info: Call (301) 739-1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net

Bethel United Methodist Church Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Address: 21006 Twin Springs Drive, Smithsburg, MD

Info: Call (301) 733-8387 or go to www.bethelchewsville.org for more info.

St. John’s Luther Church 14th Annual Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Address: 141 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD

Info: Call (301) 824-3121

Boonsboro Bible Baptist Church Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Address: 6741 Old National Pike, Boonsboro, MD

Info: Call (301) 432-6154 or (301) 432-6867

 

 

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