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Emma Fleming, Maddie Farnsworth and Kim Farnsworth of the Vienna Baptist Church helped prepare meals at Parkersburg’s Salvation Army for Thursday’s annual Thanksgiving meal. The Salvation Army is preparing about 1,500 meals that will be served as pick-up and delivery dinners Thursday for Wood, Pleasants and Wirt counties. (Photo by Brett Dunlap)

PARKERSBURG — Volunteers worked this week preparing for the Parkersburg Salvation Army’s annual Thanksgiving dinner.

Volunteers have gathered every day this week at the Salvation Army on Fifth Street in Parkersburg to prepare food so they can give back to the community and help others.

The Salvation Army will host dinner pick-ups and deliveries on Thursday, said Capt. Marjorie Rowe, Salvation Army Corps officer from Parkersburg. Deliveries will begin around 10 a.m. and pickups will begin around 11 a.m.

“I think it’s important for The Salvation Army because Thanksgiving is such a big day for families and there are a lot of people who don’t have family to get together with,” Rowe said. “If we can give them a good, solid meal for Thanksgiving, we will.

“There are a lot of people who wouldn’t even eat, so let’s give them a good, hearty, healthy meal for Thanksgiving. »

Mindy Propst, of Belpre, was volunteering in the kitchen Tuesday at the Salvation Army in Parkersburg to help prepare meals for Thanksgiving Thursday. The Salvation Army is preparing about 1,500 meals that will be served as pick-up and delivery dinners Thursday for Wood, Pleasants and Wirt counties. (Photo by Brett Dunlap)

The Salvation Army will not be hosting a sit-down dinner this year at the Parkersburg facility, except for those housed in their shelter, Rowe said.

“We plan to feed 1,500 people this Thanksgiving between Wood, Wirt and Pleasants counties,” she said. “It will all be delivery and takeout this year.”

The menu this year includes ham, mashed potatoes, salad dressing, green beans, cranberry sauce, roll and pumpkin pie.

WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center cooked 70 hams, totaling 520 pounds, which yielded 3,000 servings of food, hospital officials said. Rowe added that he made 56 ham casseroles.

Salvation Army officials said they won’t be making turkeys this year due to a nationwide shortage.

John Propst, of Belpre, was volunteering at The Salvation Army in Parkersburg on Tuesday, helping prepare food for the Salvation Army’s annual Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. (Photo by Brett Dunlap)

They’ve had a number of people from across the community volunteer to help prepare the meals, Rowe said. On Thursday, she expects them to have more than 50 volunteers who will help deliver and serve food.

“It brings together unity and community,” Rowe said of people coming from area churches, Camden Clark and others in the area.

John Propst, from Belpre, was volunteering to prepare food on Tuesday. He has helped in other Salvation Army locations in the past.

“I just wanted to do something for someone else,” he said. “It gives you a good feeling.”

A youth group from the Vienna Baptist Church was also helping with 10 students and three adults lending a hand.

WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center cooked 70 hams, totaling 520 pounds, which produced 3,000 servings of food for Parkersburg’s annual Salvation Army Thanksgiving meal on Thursday. The Parkersburg Salvation Army will be hosting pickup dinners and deliveries Thursday, as well as pickups in Pleasants and Wirt counties. Parkersburg Salvation Army is only making ham this year because there is a shortage of turkey. (Photo provided)

“We try to share Christ in love and one of those ways is simply to serve,” Youth Minister Bryson Morlan said. “Everyone needs help from time to time. We have the capacity and the resources to help in this way. We try to show God’s love through service.

Emma Flemming, from the Vienna Baptist Youth Group, said she volunteers every year for meal preparation.

“We love doing it and giving back and helping the community that way,” she said.

Community participation goes a long way in preparing this meal and getting it served.

“By the time it’s all over, I say we’ll have had over 100 volunteers to help out,” Rowe said. “We will have a lot of volunteers delivering for us.”

They will have over 400 homes that they will deliver to, many of which will have more than one person living in them. A house in which they will deliver 10 people live there. Rowe estimates they will end up delivering over 500 meals.

“It’s such a huge task, but with everyone working together, it all falls into place,” Rowe said.

Other dining locations are:

* County Pleasants Senior Center, 209 Second St., St. Marys; 304-684-9243. The Salvation Army is preparing 150 meals for County Pleasants. It will start at 10am-12pm for delivery and pick up.

* Wirt County: Big Island Run Church, Meadowview Lane, Elizabeth; 304-588-4037. The Salvation Army prepares 400 meals for Wirt County. It will start at 10:30 a.m. and will be pick-up only.

Those interested in volunteering at the Salvation Army in Parkersburg on Thursday are asked to contact 304-485-4529.

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