Winchester church continues 45-year tradition of feeding less fortunate for holiday

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WINCHESTER, Ky. (WKYT) - Workers at Winchester's First United Methodist Church say it's a blessing for them to be a blessing.

Dozens of volunteers worked on Wednesday to prepare more than 1,500 meals to serve and deliver on Thanksgiving Day. It's a tradition church members have carried out for more than 45 years.

"Today we had 40 or 50 people. Tomorrow we will have 250 people here to help," said First UMC Sr. Pastor Farley Stuart.

Volunteer Pam Bridges is known as one of the stuffing ladies.

"That's our job. Stuffing every year. We have the turkey lady over there. Pie people," Bridges described.

They work all day Wednesday to prepare for a full day on Thanksgiving. Several hundred people will come to the church to eat their Thanksgiving meal, but more than a thousand others will have meals delivered to their homes.

"We get to reach into our community and share with them on Thanksgiving Day. The love of Christ."

The cost of the service project rings in at about $7,000, but none of the money comes from the church budget.

The church is located on Main Street in Winchester. Volunteers will serve meals from 11 to 1 Thursday. The pastor says any food left over will go to a local shelter.

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