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Thanksgiving tradition of feeding others continues for groups in Berks

By Kevin Fitzsimmons, Web Producer
Published On: Nov 28 2013 03:57:03 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 28 2013 05:02:51 PM CST

For the 22nd consecutive Thanksgiving, food is flying out of the kitchen at the House of Good Food in Reading.

BERKS COUNTY, Pa. -

For the 22nd consecutive Thanksgiving, food is flying out of the kitchen at the House of Good Food in Reading.

Folks stopped by the center on Buttonwood Street to enjoy turkey, corn, stuffing and pumpkin pie.

They had a good crowd, but organizers said most of the food they make is delivered to anyone who can't leave their home.

Organizers want the community to know they care. They've proven that over the years.

"When it started out, it was a feeding actually for the homeless. Those we knew didn't have meals or place to eat. So we wanted to provide a nice warm meal, nice warm place, nice friendly faces, and it has evolved over they years into a community dinner," said Margaret Brookins, coordinator.

Organizers said anyone who needs food delivered on Thanksgiving just has to call.

The Salvation Army of Boyertown opened its doors once again for Thanksgiving.

More than 100 people enjoyed a hot meal with turkey, ham, salad, sweet potatoes and lots of desserts.

Organizers said they're happy to give people a place to go for the holiday, but their mission continues all year long.

"The Salvation Army is just a wonderful place. You can come Monday through Friday and we serve a meal from 11:30 to 1 p.m. for anybody," said Stacey Hart, organizer. We also have food pantry on Fridays for people that qualify. We give out free food to people in need."

This is at least the 10th year the Salvation Army in Boyertown has opened for the holiday.

More than 30 volunteers helped put on the Thanksgiving feast at the Reformation Lutheran Church in Exeter Township.

Organizers said they think about 150 people stopped by for some fellowship and homemade food.

"We made 16 or 17 turkeys and we buy all the other things. Well, we actually have people that make potato filling, green bean casserole, corn. We make all the trimmings. People make all the pies," said Bonnie Claycomb, organizer.

This is the fourth year for this particular feast, and we're told more people show up every year.