TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Thanksgiving is a time for giving and receiving, and that’s exactly what happened in Terre Haute.
Around 1100 meals were served at St. Patrick’s Church’s Ruthmarie Bauer Newport Thanksgiving dinner. For years, food donations and volunteers have been major contributors to the success of this event.
Volunteer Teresa Shaffer says the dinner honors her sister’s memory.
“We spend the holiday here together every year. It serves a big need in the community,” Shaffer explained.
That need, according to Shaffer, is to assist anyone wanting a hot meal in a friendly environment.
“We all have so much to be thankful for. This is one way we can show our gratitude, not only to the community but to the Parish and all it does for the community,” She added.
Eddie Barrera, a Terre Haute resident, said this event has become a part of her family’s holiday traditions.
“This is a great event, it provides the resources people need. It brings people together to give thanks for everything that is going on,” Barrera stated.
First-time visitor Amanda Thompson said curiosity is what brought her to St Patrick’s. But, a newfound appreciation is what will bring her thanks.
“I want to see how the program is. It’s a lot different here, and the kids here are respectful and loveable,” Thompson said.
She adds her gratitude this year comes from how her life has changed in a year.
“I’m thankful because last year I was homeless. This year, I’m not homeless anymore,” Thompson said.
For Shaffer, she’s thankful for the return of holiday traditions.
“I’m just so thankful for all the people that here and to spend time with my family,” She said.
Over 900 meals were delivered to individuals across the area.