The early crew arrived at the Oak Grove Church Cook House with the sky still hidden by the dark. Mr. Jimmy Gainey and Bob Kuptz opened the doors and began heating up the turkeys, sweet potatoes and dressing. The committee and volunteers want to thank Mr. George Duren for donating the delicious dressing, and cakes that were a main part of the plates.
Immediately following were Mrs Bunnie Gainey and the nearly 100 volunteers arrived between the ages of 2 ½ and 99 years of age. Families arrived in bunches teaching their children and grandchildren how important it is to share their time, talents and love for those less fortunate than them. Many individuals, groups, church and organizations such as the Port St. Joe Boy Scouts, Covenant House, and The GANG (Getting to A New Generation) led by Mr. Charles Givens, the Highland View Assembly of God Church led by Seven Grogan and all joined in the wonderful project of love.
The assembly of almost 100 volunteers was blessed with the prayer offered by Mr. Jimmy Gainey as has been the tradition since the beginning. Mrs. Beulah Clark who will turn 100 on Jan. 29 handed the first plate to start the assembly of the 675 plates. This wonderful group laughed, joked, and lovingly assembled these plates. The plates were delivered all over Gulf County. This group finished assembling the last plate at 10:30 am.
Mr. Billy Dixson, owner of the Dixson and Son’s Taxi Service, one of the charter volunteers for this beautiful program, delivered 150 plates to the Wewahitchka area. Mr. Rob Greenland and Rick Harrell delivered 75 plates. The following men and women helped deliver the remaining 425 plates: Mr. Joel Rogers, Ben Welch, Deanne Williams, Tom Boone, Tommy & Ruth Sauls, Steven Grogan and members of the Highland View Church, Carol Dow, Leo Pogorzelski, and Charles Givens and the GANG delivered 100 plates to their neighborhoods.
The deepest appreciation to Sacred Heart Hospital Dietary Department and Debbie Kriderman and her staff and the Sunset Coastal grill and staff for cooking a total of 25 turkeys. It is greatly appreciated.
Thanks to all our volunteers who helped prepare turkeys, green beans and sweet potatoes. Thanks also as has been tradition to the first United Methodist Church for helping get the delicious green beans prepared and financial support.
Thanks to everyone that helped in anyway to make this great mission for caring for God’s needy people possible.
See you all on Christmas day, may God bless you all