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JOINING HANDS: Community shows thanks through giving
by Liz Marino
lmarino@neighbornewspapers.com
November 15, 2012 05:13 PM | 1303 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Dallas First United Methodist Church member David Holt and Associate Pastor Chris Pavlovsky work to prepare the 10th annual Paulding Thanksgiving Meal.
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Hunger and loneliness seems to draw the attention of the community more prominently during the holiday season. And this year is no exception.

A number of churches, schools, communities and businesses have joined hands to make sure that those in need will enjoy the holiday bounty reflected in a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

The Paulding County High School JROTC has been putting leadership and teamwork to the test by planning and organizing a Thanksgiving food drive to benefit some 75 to 100 families in Paulding County this year, according to instructor Sgt. Maj. Mark Hlasnicek.

Paulding County High School boasts 280 cadets in its JROTC program this year.

Last year, the cadets provided 65 Thanksgiving food baskets to many in need from throughout Paulding County, said Hlasnicek.

The cadets, in their class B uniforms, will be out in force Nov. 16, distributing turkeys, hams and the trimmings by convoy throughout the community.

Their community service does not end there.

The cadets will again fill Christmas stockings for every elementary school special needs student in Paulding County.

Last year, the 225 stockings were distributed by the cadets.

“This is a cadet-run program,” said Hlasnicek. “Our role as Army instructors is to monitor and supervise. The cadets do all of the planning and organizing.”

Information: call (770) 443-8008, ext. 4.

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Dallas First United Methodist Church will once again host the 10th annual Paulding Thanksgiving Meal on November 21.

Thanksgiving dinner will be served in the church’s Family Life Center from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., according to organizer David Holt.

Meals featuring turkey, ham and all of the trimmings will be served to an estimated 200 people, many who attend year after year.

A total of 750 to 1,000 people will be served either at the church or by deliveries, said Holt.

Some 85 to 90 percent of meals will be delivered out into the Paulding County community.

“We will deliver both Wednesday and Thursday if anyone has need of a meal,” Holt added.

Delivery orders should be placed by November 20 by calling (770) 445-2509 or e-mail at dallasfirstumc.org.

In addition, Dallas First UMC will be partnering with Stop Hunger Now for the third year to package 10,000 meals that day, said Associate Pastor Chris Pavlovsky.

“They collect them and ours have gone to orphanages in Africa,” said Pavlovsky. “They also go to places domestically in the United States.”

One package of food will feed six people, he said.

Some 125 to 150 volunteers will be needed for both the Thanksgiving and Stop Hunger Now programs.

“It is neat to see everyone come together,” said Pavlovsky. “The spirit of Thanksgiving is really alive!”

Information: call Dallas First UMC at (770) 445-2509 or visit www.dallasfirstumc.org.
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