Washington Evening Journal
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MT. PLEASANT - The annual Mt. Pleasant Thanksgiving Dinner has been canceled this year due to concerns around the coronavirus pandemic and lack of participation.
The long-held tradition has been ongoing for more than 15 years and has provided a free meal to community members who wanted to spend Thanksgiving in the company of others.
This year's meal was sponsored by the Grace Community Friends Church in collaboration with the Fellowship Cup. It had originally been organized as a drive-through meal, but with the rising number of cases in the county, Debra Savage, organizer of the dinner, said the groups felt it 'doesn't make sense to risk people's health,” even with a drive-through meal.
Traditionally, the meal sees several hundred people come through on Thanksgiving Day, but this year, the dinner saw only 38 people sign up. Although the group was disappointed to cancel, Savage said no one in the community will be going without.
'Most people who signed up are traditional Fellowship Cup patrons or those who have been joining routinely for the enjoyment of it,” she said.
Any items that were donated to the meal will now be passed to the Fellowship Cup for its holiday food distribution. The Fellowship Cup will have its Thanksgiving box distribution on Nov. 24.
'We will hopefully be very celebratory and have a really big meal next year,” Savage said.
'The good thing is that people are still provided for. That's what's great about this community,” she added.