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Thanksgiving brings tasty invitations to eat and serve

Sue Guinn Legg • Nov 26, 2019 at 11:31 PM

Anyone in need of a place to join in this week’s Thanksgiving feasting — or  who wishes to celebrate the holiday by serving others — has a tasty invitation from two of Johnson City best known feeding agencies.

At the Haven of Mercy Rescue Mission, staff members and volunteers are working furiously toward their traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner for 4,000 homeless and low-income area residents served by the ministry year-round.

The traditional holiday dinner with turkey and all the trimmings will be served from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday.

All volunteers who wish to lend a hand in the preparations will be welcomed at the Haven of Mercy kitchen at 123 W. Millard St. beginning at 7 a.m. on Wednesday and 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

For those who wish to contribute to the meal, needed items include plastic foam plates and cups, coffee, sugar and creamer, and all varieties of pies, cakes and puddings.

Other donations direly needed at the shelter include blankets, coats, toboggans, scarves and gloves, winter clothing for men and women, paper products, personal hygiene items and space heaters.

Haven of Mercy Pastor and CEO Grant Rockley said all help and donations will be appreciated.

While The Salvation Army Center of Hope on Ashe Street hosted its Thanksgiving meal for the community on Tuesday with 202 dining room guests and nine volunteers on the serving line, an abbreviated holiday meal will be served Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-noon.

While volunteer roster is full for Thanksgiving Day at the Center of Hope, shelter director Scott Blevins said a few volunteer spots still remain for the Salvation Army Christmas meal set for Dec. 23.

Needs at the Salvation Army shelter also include blankets, warm weather gear, winter clothing and heavy boots or shoes for men and women.

One Acre Cafe, where everyone eats regardless of their ability to pay, will be celebrating the sixth anniversary of its nonprofit service with a free Thanksgiving meal for the community set for Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The menu will include traditional turkey and gravy with leek stuffing and a number of dishes featuring locally grown produce — cranberry relish, garlic mashed potatoes, hardy butternut Brussels sprouts, onions and mushrooms, green beans with and without bacon, an assortment of holiday pies and several vegan dishes.

The meal is free and a way for One Acres Cafe to say “thank you” to its supporters on the anniversary of its November 2013 opening.

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