TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — From volunteers to donations, the preparation for St. Patrick Catholic Church’s annual Thanksgiving dinner began months ago. Community members cook the food the day before Thanksgiving and volunteers at the church prepare and serve it.
“When people bring in the turkeys, we’ll get 50 or 60 tonight. And we’ll carve them and put them in a way we can dispense them pretty easily tomorrow,” Joe Newport said.
Nothing goes to waste. Any food not used is given to the church’s soup kitchen. The Newport family has been organizing this event since the mid-70s. Each year they serve more and more families. While the number of people served has gone up the core value of helping others has stayed the same.
“We couldn’t do it without the community and we feel just grateful that this many people support this event that’s been going on for years,” Whitney Newport said.
The dinner has a lot of meaning to the Newport family. It’s named after the late Ruthmarie Bauer Newport.
“Ever since she passed away all of her friends and family members, and other parishes that may not even known her have stepped up to really make sure that everyone has a place to go,” Chris Newport said.
The Newport family expects to serve over 1,000 meals through dine in, carry out and delivery. The dinner will be available at the St. Patrick school from 11 A.M. until 2 P.M Thursday afternoon. It’s free and all you have to do is show up and enjoy.