GEORGETOWN — Turkey with all the trimmings will be offered for free in Georgetown on Thanksgiving Day for those in need, thanks to the Knights of Columbus.
For the past 37 years, members of the Joseph M. Ros Sr. Council 3067 of the Knights of Columbus in Georgetown continue to give away the meals to people in need and to many first responders and others in the community.
The complete meals to go may be picked up from 10 a.m. to about noon-time as long as they last.
From year to year the Knights of Columbus have prepared, cooked and served 400 to 600 meals on Thanksgiving Day.
People may pick up the meals at the St. Mary Our Lady of Ransom Catholic Church, Parish Hall, at 317 Broad St. in Georgetown. Limited deliveries may be made that morning within the Georgetown city limits.
Preparation for the Thanksgiving Day meal begins several days before the big day as turkeys are thawed, cooked, deboned and carved. Other food items are cooked overnight and early in the morning on Thanksgiving so that people may enjoy a special meal.
Back in 1985 one of the members of the Knights of Columbus — the Catholic Church men’s organization — began cooking and serving Thanksgiving Day meals at the Knights’ old hall on Highmarket Street. Those first years, the meals were prepared for a few families in need. Since that time, the project has continued to grow. This year more than 400 meals will be served, project co-chairman Colin Peterson said.
While the Knights and their families and friends prepare the meals, Peterson said, community support is a key to the growth and 37 years of successfully feeding so many people. Many people donate time, their talent and financial contributions.
The church's volunteers are in full compliance with COVID-19 recommendations, Peterson said.
No one is charged for the meals.
In order to continue to provide the Thanksgiving Day dinners, individual financial contributions are essential. Peterson said anyone who would like to make a monetary donation may make out a check payable to Knights of Columbus Council 3067. Please put “Thanksgiving” on the memo line.
Donations may be dropped off at the St. Mary’s Parish Office at 317 Broad St., Georgetown, SC 29440 during business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays) or mailed to the same address.
For more information, contact Peterson at 843-527-3272.