The sun had just started rising when the ovens were turned on and Jimmie Gainey, David Griffin and Eric Asher were busy preparing the dressing, turkeys while Doug and Nancy Calendine along with Jerrry and Lyd Stokoe were busy chopping up cranberry jelly and cooking the gravy. Then came all the other volunteers. They came as singles, and then the remaining volunteers laughing, joking and working so well together to prepare, cook, pack and deliver over 700 dinners. Bunnnie Gainey was busy gathering the remaining supplies needed and she led all present in this effort.
The following volunteers aging from six to 80-something worked so well together that they packed and delivered over 700 plates:
Dianna Williams, Larry Chism, Donna Masseo, Chaz Wright, Tom Todd, Susan Ashworth, Nichollas Ashworth, Raymond Ashworth, Diana Parrish, Mal Parrish, Mike Guthrie, Tyler Guthrie , Leonard and Loretta Costin, Rose Surber, Kelvin Ash, Tommy and Ruth Sauls, Ben Welch, Debbie Maulding, Shelli & Bill Leffert, Dusty and Debbie Stitt, Guy Sweazy, Deanne Williams, the Treglown Family, Joe Chastain, Roger, Sheryl , Karah and Kenny Bradley, Denny Hughes, Cheryl Howell, Linda Bettage, Ruby and Benny Hodge, Bill and Shirley Sanders, Kathy Krum, Ron and Elaine Smith, Charlie Black, Christie Todd, Melissa and Zee Haranek, Pat and Guy Nemitz, Wandaa and Danny Wawruck, Dale Smith, David Warriner, Randy Raffield, Kristy Raffield, Jasslyn Raffield, Bionca Raffield, Mary Belin, Ron and Mary Kelly, Terry Schafer, Joel Rogers, Fisher van Der Tulip, Abby Cozine, Hunter van Der Tulip, Bill Van Der Tulip, Maya Robbins, Kiara Monette, Tiffany Godwin, Donna Murray, Sandie and Bill Kennedy, Charles Givens, Troy White and the GANG (Getting to A New Generation) – Lauren White, Caitlin White, Branden, Nakigan Jones, Khaliyan Johnson, Aliyah Johnson, Kanon Martin, Tyson Davis, Murcell Johnson – and Bob Sutton, Chase McCullouch, Rick Norrell, Austin Webb, Cindy Balew and Prophet Billy Dixson.
The committee that planned this event are very grateful to all our sponsors, the wonderful volunteers, the Oak Grove Church staff and Pastor James Wiley. Thanks also to Eddie Martin for tending to the sound and picture projector and creating the nice slides and music.
All projects of this size need good accounting personnel and the committee would like to thank Carol Lyles who has done a wonderful job for all of us.
Finally the committee would like to thank Carol Dow for her help in recruiting the volunteers to help our project so much. We hope to see all of the volunteers next Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.