Community Thanksgiving Dinner feeds many

“The Thanksgiving Dinner this year was a visible experience of God’s presence,” said event volunteer Robin Rauch. 

Volunteers came from the five churches that make up the ministry of A Hand Up as well as people from the community who wanted to share with others the bounty they had in their lives. 

“We received donations of food and funds from the business community in Colusa, both fire departments and many individuals as well as six volunteers who carved the turkeys and hams,” Said Rauch.

There were a total of 14 turkeys and eight hams cooked. One additional turkey was put in the freezer Rauch added.

Rocco’s donated the mashed potatoes and gravy; Market Street Grill contributed the dressing as well as individual members of the church and beyond who provided dressing, pies, cakes, brownies and fudge.

“We have estimated that 90 folks joined us to eat in the social hall,” said Rauch.

Greg and Stephanie Ponciano delivered 31 meals to the Senior Center; Matt and Jenn Giffin and family delivered 23 meals to folks on the county senior meals delivery program.

“God provided an abundance after all of those meals that we were able to provide many serving pans of food to a ministry temporarily housed in Williams after being evacuated as a result of the Paradise fire,” said Rauch. 

We had 40 volunteers to help with preparation and serving. Additionally, the table decorations were a gift of labor from Kelly Randolph’s youth group and Sunday school class. 

“We have been blessed for many years to have the set-up handled by a family that comes to the area to hunt during Thanksgiving week,” she said. 

Len Bolen took on the responsibilities of shopping for menu items, searching out donations of food and funds and organizing the volunteers.

“It would not have been possible for God to enrich so many lives that day without his living sacrifice of time and talent,” said Rauch. “It was a time that God used to touch the dinner guests, whether here or home, providers of food and funds and the volunteers who were blessed to have been able to serve.” ■