Monday, November 20, 2023

A Heartwarming Thanksgiving in Frackville

On Sunday, the Frackville Police Department and St. Joseph the Worker Parish teamed up to host a Free Thanksgiving Dinner for the whole community. The event took place at St. Joseph the Worker Hall on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
More than 200 delicious meals were served, featuring turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, and, of course, gravy.   For those that couldn't make it to the hall or were unable to, meals were delivered directly to their home.

The doors opened at 3:00pm, and families from all over Frackville gathered to enjoy the holiday feast. Kids had a blast in a play area filled with games, bringing laughter and joy to the celebration.  Some Christmas elves even stopped by.

Behind the scenes, a dedicated team of over 35 volunteers worked hard to prepare and serve the meals.  Those volunteers included Father Giuseppe Esposito, Frackville Mayor Kim Phillips, Council President Ron Jordan, and St. Joseph Center for Special Learning Principal Bob Giba.

The success of the event was made possible by generous contributions from the Frackville Police Department, Koch's Turkey Farm, Vinney Roman, and many others who donated money. Church members also pitched in, recognizing the importance of community celebration.

Other sponsors included Phoenix Rehab, Jack Rich, Anthony's Pizza, Joe Thurs Automotive, State Farm, 2nd Street Pizza, Walton-Ebert Agency, Walmart, Wegmans, Boyers, the Dutch Kitchen, Ken's Tires, Nationwide Insurance, Sisters Early Learn Center, the American Legion, Pizza Place, and the Spring Street Bakery.

Wendy Montgomery, the event organizer, took a moment to express her gratitude to the businesses, parishioners, and everyone involved. Standing before the crowd, she thanked them for making the Free Thanksgiving Dinner a reality and bringing the community together.

As families sat down to enjoy their meals, sharing stories and laughter, it became clear that this event was about more than just food.

It was a special moment that strengthened the community spirit in Frackville. 

The Free Thanksgiving Dinner wasn't just a meal; it was a wonderful example of people coming together and creating lasting memories. In the midst of gratitude, Frackville discovered the true meaning of Thanksgiving – giving back and celebrating the warmth of togetherness.

Frackville Police Chief Paul Olson said he was extremely happy with the turnout and thanked all the volunteers and sponsored.  His hope is that the dinner can become an annual tradition and continues to grow.

Photos posted by the Frackville Police & Tylor Blackwell