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Turkey, ham, dressing and cranberry sauce are all Thanksgiving staples, but not everyone is fortunate enough to enjoy them all on the holiday known for family gatherings around the dinner table. 

Milledgeville resident Susie Marshall has organized a local Thanksgiving Day dinner where those less fortunate can gather and have access to a free holiday meal. The event is scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, which is Thursday, Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Midway Events Center on the southside of Milledgeville. The venue is located at 1735 Irwinton Road inside the Primecare Home Care Services building. 

“God put a vision in my heart to feed Baldwin County and surrounding areas because we have a lot of family friends and local community members that go without hot meals each and every day,” Marshall said. “There are people without jobs and some with illnesses or injuries who can’t get out to get a hot meal on the holiday, so God put it on my heart to feed these people on Thanksgiving. It’s not my vision, but God’s.”

This marks the sixth year Marshall has organized the event locally, and she’s expecting to feed well over 1,000 people. 

“When I first did it, I had maybe close to 1,200 to 1,500 people. Every year it expands bigger and bigger. It’s just a blessing to do it.”

Those able are welcome to eat them on-site inside the Midway Events Center while others can pick their meal up and take it home to enjoy as long as they notify what time they’ll be picking up. Marshall has also partnered with local churches and organizations who let her know about people who are not able to leave their homes. A home delivery system has been set up for them. 

Donations, both monetary and of food items, are what makes the annual event possible six years running now. Marshall says people coming do not need to bring anything with them except their appetites. 

“They don’t need to bring anything. They just need to be there at 11 a.m. and we will serve from then until 3 p.m. God just brings it all together. There’s a variety to choose from and I have more than enough to feed people.”

For more information on the local Thanksgiving Day dinner, contact Marshall by phone at 478-457-5574.

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