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Goose Creek United Methodist Church celebrates Thanksgiving

On Nov. 17, Goose Creek United Methodist Church, located at 142 Redbank Road, celebrated Thanksgiving with the community.

The church hosted a buffet-to-go, which took place from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., and included Thanksgiving favorites, from mashed potatoes and gravy to turkey and stuffing. 

Before COVID, Cathy Lavanway, who attends the church and helps out with the meal distribution each year, said the event would typically serve anywhere from 80 to 100 people. She said the first year the church hosted a Thanksgiving meal event of the sort was back in 2006. Since then, they have continued the tradition. 

Typically, the church would set up the buffet to run down the hallway, but in hopes of keeping the event safer, Lavanway said they decided to make it more of a to-go buffet this year. Community members would enter through one door, collect their meal and then head out the door on the other side. 

"All of the food is cooked here in our kitchen," Lavanway said, noting that they are thankful for all the of donations that allow them to host their distributions.