Celebrating Thanksgiving in the Terre Haute community

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Whether you’re in the mood for turkey and dressing or the delicious deserts that come with Thanksgiving every year, there are some places in Terre Haute continuing to serve.

Places like St. Patrick Church and Terre Haute Catholic Charities are just a few venues that are making sure everyone receives a true Thanksgiving feast.

“Even though we are 18 months or so into the pandemic there are still so many families out there that are struggling because of lost wages due to a loss of a job or cut back hours during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Jennifer Buell, assistant agency director for Terre Haute Catholic Charities, said.

The people who come to eat may arrive with their family, but Buell said many make new friends and family in the process.

“Our soup kitchen becomes a place for our neighbors to come and really enjoy the community of each other,” Buell said. “It becomes a family for many of them to come here.”

Meanwhile, St. Patrick Church was unable to serve residents last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They will be serving to-go, dine-in and delivery plates.

“Ours is unique that we offer it on Thanksgiving day here at the church and it’s been continuous for 40, 45 years,” Joe Stewart, coordinator for the St. Patrick Thanksgiving dinner, said.

Not only do families come to eat, but many come to serve.

“I think a lot of people find enjoyment even though they give up part of their Thanksgiving Day,” Stewart said. “My family all comes in and they’re apart of it. It’s important for my family personally and the whole parish as a whole.”

St. Patrick Church will be serving a Thanksgiving Day meal in their cafeteria from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Nov. 25. Those interested in receiving a delivery plate should call the Parish Office at (812) 232-8518 by 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23.

Catholic Charities will be providing meals on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at their soup kitchen located in the Ryves Youth Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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