Tuesday, November 6, 2012
For seven years, Tom Levin has made sure area residents and visitors have a place to go to find a good meal and a friendly smile on Thanksgiving Day.
That tradition will continue on Nov. 22 as he and his wife, Janet, once again host a free Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at New Bloomfield United Methodist Church.
“It was something I felt God laid on my shoulders,” Levin said. “It’s something I do knowing there are people who don’t have family around, or who may not have money for some things, or have no one — we just want to reach out and let them know they’re not alone.”
He said his favorite part of pulling the meal together every year is “just to see the joy on people’s faces when they come in and sit down for a good, hot meal.”
Levin said there were 115 meals served last year, with the help of donations and local churches and individuals, and a small fleet of volunteers who helped serve and deliver meals.
“So far, every year our needs have been met,” he said.