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A harvest of plenty plated up for holiday

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Belton Brown tosses several sweet potatoes into a bucket as others pick through the large mound on the lawn of Mount Zion Holiness Church in Bethel in 2017.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

From a sweet potato give away to an interfaith service, several community groups are sponsoring events to celebrate Thanksgiving and to ensure everyone can share in the feast. Events begin on Friday and continue through the weekend into next week. Thanksgiving is on Thursday.

Sweet potato giveaway

Churches Outreach Network will hold a sweet potato giveaway beginning at 11:45 a.m. on Friday at Mount Zion Holiness Church, 3689 Barnhill St., Bethel. The event is open to the public and visitors can get all the sweet potatoes they can carry for free. Attendees are encouraged to bring boxes, bags, buckets, shopping carts, etc., to help carry their haul. For more information call the CON at 717-9600. The event last year featured a mountain of large sweet potatoes leaving visitors plenty to spare.

Turkey dinners

Freedom Baptist Church, 234 Snow Hill St., Ayden, will give away a turkey and the fixin’s that make up a Thanksgiving dinner (six or seven non-perishable items) from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday to the first 100 people who show up at the church. The giveaway is for people in need of assistance this Thanksgiving. For more information contact Pastor Worth Forbes at 714-9587.

Community dinner

Mount Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. 224 Boyd St., Winterville, hold a free community dinner from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday or until all food is given away. Pastor C.E. Cunningham and the church family “had a tremendous and successful” event last year and we expect the same again this year. Winterville residents and people from surrounding communities are invited to come, according to the church. 

JOY Thanksgiving dinner

The JOY (Jesus, Others and You) Soup Kitchen, 700 Albemarle Ave., will host its annual Thanksgiving meal at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Dine in meals and takeout will be provided. The kitchen will not be open on Thanksgiving Day. More than 20 volunteers will be working in kitchen and serving area. Contact JOY now to help with daily meals and at Christmas. For more information, visit joysoupkitchen.org.

Interfaith Celebration

The 17th Annual Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 1400 S. Elm St. There will be representatives of the many faith traditions in the community sharing their unique expressions of Thanksgiving. Refreshments and social time will follow in the fellowship hall. Donations of nonperishable food will be received to help feed the hungry. All are welcome! For more information, contact The Rev. Rod Debs at 850-225-3826 or revdebs@gmail.com.

Vegetarian Feast

Vegetarians In Pitt County will hold their annual Vegetarian Thanksgiving Feast from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 131 Oakmont Drive. The meat-free meal will feature traditional Thanksgiving foods (but no bird). Guest speaker Ron Allison, M.D., will speak on “Jump Starting Your Health with a Plant-Based Diet.” All are welcome. Contact Laura Robinson at Laurasmail@suddenlink.net for more information.

Turkey Trot for Kids

The Sixth Annual Beau’s Buddies Turkey Trot for Kids will be held at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day at the Hilton Greenville, 207 S.W. Greenville Blvd. The event is a 5K Run/Walk and a 1-Mile Fun Walk. Over 500 runners have already signed up to participate, and all of the proceeds raised go to local families battling cancer. Registration is open now. For more information about fees, the route and registration, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Greenville/BeausBuddiesTurkeyTrotforKids.

 

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