13 days until community Thanksgiving dinner
by BRANDON FINCHER
Nov 12, 2009 | 1621 views |  0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SYLACAUGA — The days are quickly winding down toward turkey time which means Sylacauga’s Promise committee is already making preparations for the communitywide Thanksgiving Dinner.

This year’s dinner will again be held at Reaching the World Bible Church at 109 N. Cannon Avenue on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sylacauga’s Promise member and co-organizer of the dinner Taylor Logan said about 275 reservations have already been made without much publicity having gone out about the dinner, yet.

“I think it’s going to be great, as usual. I think it’s going to be bigger than ever. We say that every year,” Logan said. “I, personally, am amazed that the very first year we did this we served 246 people, and we thought that was amazing, and it is amazing. But then when you think we already have that many reservations two weeks out, it shows the need.”

Sylacauga’s Promise is expecting to serve around 2,000 meals during that time period. Last year there were two large serving lines and a smaller line in operation just to keep the traffic moving.

There is usually no problem with getting in enough volunteers, but Logan asked people call into the Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement and let it be known they would like to volunteer so organizers would have a good idea of how many volunteers they will have.

“I checked to see how many volunteers have called and said they wanted to help, and we only have 45 people who have called and said they were willing to volunteer. That’s for delivery, set-up and serving,” Logan said. “I know people will call, but we are short on volunteers right now.”

Numerous community businesses, organizations, individuals and churches are assisting in the event. There have been 125 turkeys ordered for the dinner.

The meal is free and transportation is available, if needed. Call SAFE at 256-245-4343 for reservations, transportation, deliveries or for more information. Reservations need to be made by noon Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Sylacauga’s Promise member Margaret Morton reported it was a good year for the Ultimate Ball Drop, despite poor weather canceling the actual ball drop from a helicopter after the B.B Comer and Sylacauga football game. The winner was picked in a drawing from a plastic container.

“For the grand total, we brought in $16,564,” Morton said. “We dispersed $5,000, of course, to the prize winner and we used another $650. We have a grand total of money earned off the ball drop of $10,914. I think that’s terrific.”

This was a big improvement over the approximately $6,000 earned last year, Morton said.

Madge Ellis, Miss Teen Talladega County 2010, spoke to the committee about her platform project called BIT, which is short for Be Involved Today. “It’s a community-service project trying to get people of all ages in our community involved in service,” Ellis said.

Ellis has collected personal hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, washcloths and other items from the community to compile into BIT kits for those in need. The kits and proceeds will go to the Children’s Miracle Network.

The community is invited to help assemble the kits on Sunday, Nov. 15, from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. Refreshments will be served.