Free holiday meals to be offered in New Bloomfield, Fulton

(From front) Sharon Mallicoat, of Jefferson City, Robert Barnard of New Bloomfield, and Elmer and Rose Basnett of Holts Summit make their way through the line at the 2012 Community Thanksgiving Dinner at New Bloomfield United Methodist Church. This year’s dinner will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the church.

(From front) Sharon Mallicoat, of Jefferson City, Robert Barnard of New Bloomfield, and Elmer and Rose Basnett of Holts Summit make their way through the line at the 2012 Community Thanksgiving Dinner at New Bloomfield United Methodist Church. This year’s dinner will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the church.

During a holiday that is all about being grateful, two different events will help spread that giving spirit by providing free Thanksgiving meals to all comers.

Tom Levin and friends will host the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at New Bloomfield United Methodist Church, while the Fulton Soup Kitchen will hold its Thanksgiving Dinner noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 at the John C. Harris Community Center.

Levin, who has been putting on the New Bloomfield meal for eight years, described his yearly efforts as a calling.

“It’s just something God laid on my heart to help people out,” Levin said. “Some people can’t do or don’t have the means for a meal — I just want to be there.”

Helped with donations from area residents and churches, Levin served 125 people last year and said he hopes to have “at least that, if not more,” this year.

He said anyone in need of a place to go for Thanksgiving is invited to come to the church, located at 323 Redwood Drive, and partake of turkey and all the trimmings prepared by Levin and a troop of volunteers. Meals also will be delivered to communities in and around New Bloomfield and Holts Summit. To order a meal, or for transportation to and from the dinner, contact Tom Levin at (573) 230-8673, Janet Levin at (573) 230-8674 or at tjlevin1@gmail.com.

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