Hundreds gather for 25th annual Thanksgiving dinner

Posted at 4:43 PM, Nov 20, 2016
and last updated 2017-03-02 17:38:09-05

Hundred of people flocked to St. Paul Episcopal Church -- and it wasn't to repent of their sins -- but rather, to come together for an annual Thanksgiving feast.

For the 25th year in a row, St. Paul Episcopal, Mission Waco, and the Church Under the Bridge hosted the holiday meal at St. Paul. Cindy Sorelle co-chairs the annual event and said it is a fest good enough for a king.

"Turkey -- 200 pounds, 60 pies, 60 dozen rolls, corn, yams, beans, whole lot of pie and drinks," Sorelle said. "In 48 hours, we put up a restaurant -- feed between 325-400 people -- and take it down again."

Sorrelle said volunteers are a big part of making sure the meal happens without any hitches.

"We have volunteers from elementary age, until well, we won't say," she said. "[There's] a lot of cooking, [and] about a month's worth of preparation with our volunteers here at St. Paul Episcopal."

Pastor Jimmy Dorrell with the Church Under the Bridge said making sure everyone has a Thanksgiving meal is all a part of the church's ministry.

"We're all on the same team, especially as Christians," Dorrell said. "We just believe that God cares for everybody."

The pastor said that care for everybody is what keeps his church involved with this annual dinner.

"This is one of favorite times all year long... no matter what socio-economic group you come, from we're all one people."

Aubrey Walker said he is a member of the Church Under the Bridge and that he enjoys coming to the Thanksgiving dinner.

"This is my third year coming to this meal over here at St. Paul," Walker said. "It makes my heart feel warm. It's just lovely to see people getting along -- no arguments, [no] fighting -- you know, just everybody loving one another."

Walker said the dinner gave him a couple more reasons to be thankful.

"Everything was great, but the dressing is the bomb," he said. "I'm thankful that god has put people in high places to help people who need help."

Sorrelle estimated that about 375-400 people were fed at this year's dinner.

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