Local Church prepares to feed one thousand on Thanksgiving Day

By Hilary Lane

UTICA - At the First Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, local residents were hard at work preparing for a Thanksgiving tradition more than a quarter of a century old.

"It started 34 years ago as an idea for people who do not have access to a good meal when other agencies are closed for Thanksgiving," said Tom Wattles, Event Coordinator. "We decided there was a need, we addressed it, and its been ongoing ever since."

On Thursday, 400 locals will gather and eat a festive meal at the church. Another 450 people will receive a turkey dinner through a delivery service.

Over 300 locals volunteer their time to make it all possible.

"There is a lot of poor people out there less fortunate than we are," said David Wilson, a volunteer from Deerfield. "I just feel like when the season comes, I need to give back."

There will be two seatings for the Thanksgiving meal at First Presbyterian Church. The first at noon and the second at 1 p.m. on Thursday.

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