Shiloh's Thanksgiving Banquet brings holiday cheer to elderly

Shiloh Community Center will hold its 28th annual Able-Disabled Thanksgiving Banquet on Nov. 17.

"Ms. Crawford had a heart for the disabled, so she started the able-disabled banquet," administrative assistant Sherrie Hill said of founder Ruth B. Crawford. "This is the way the seniors here at Shiloh can give back to the community, also. It's a good way of giving back."

The free banquet will feature a Thanksgiving dinner and entertainment by local musicians. Those attending the event also are invited to showcase their talents during the entertainment portion.

"Sometimes, we get people from the nursing homes and the personal-care homes. It's a treat for them to come out, and this is an outreach for us," Ms. Hill said.

The banquet is also comforting for many, she said.

"It's a needed event because you never know what a person is going through. This is like medicine for them. It also lets them know that somebody cares," she said.

Last year, 80 people attended the event. This year, Ms. Hill hopes that number will increase.

"We just want people to come out and enjoy themselves and take advantage of this fellowship that Shiloh is offering them," she said.

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