The inaugural Feed The Community Thanksgiving Dinner fed about 400 people in four hours last year. The second event, on Nov. 22 at T.W. Josey High School, exceeded that mark after only two hours.
“This helps the community and me,” said Pearl Jones, who was among those fed at the event. “What they did was really nice.”
About 30 members of the Josey Class of 1994 spearheaded the event, but alumni from other classes, current Josey students and community volunteers pitched in.
“My class wanted to do something to give back to the community,” said Shonta Bradley, part of the Class of 1994.
Alumni solicited food and monetary donations and prepared the traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, dressing, green beans, macaroni and cheese, rolls and desserts.
Josey Principal Ronald Wiggins asked his students to come in on their holiday to help and was pleasantly surprised with the response.
“I think we had about 80 to 90 (students) show up. Members of the football team, basketball team, student council and band came out. I was looking for about 15 to 20 of the same kids who help out with everything, but they put it on Facebook and sent out texts to get other students to come,” he said.
Students helped with serving food and cleaning up.
“I wanted to help the community,” said Tabatha Tutt, a Josey senior. ”It’s nice to help out.”
Bradley said her class intends for the Thanksgiving meal to become an annual event.