MARION -- Youth from St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion joined forces with the youth from St. Paul Catholic Church in Johnston City to prepare and serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to those in need Thursday at the Marion Ministerial Alliance office on Calvert Street.
The meal, free to all the guests, consisted of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, rolls, pumpkin pie, and drinks.
The youth groups and parishioners of both Catholic churches donated all the food required for the dinner.
Angela Lees is Youth Minister Coordinator at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Marion and coordinates the volunteers and logistics required for the event.
"This marks the church youth's 19th straight year to do this," she said. "This year we baked twenty turkeys and we probably have a total of around 60 volunteers who worked hard to make it happen. That includes the forty members of our youth group."
Lees said how she's always surprised each year at how enthusiastic they are given they're giving up their own family holiday time to serve others,
"They're all so dedicated," she said. "I'm very proud of them."