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November 24, 2013

First free Thanksgiving meal a huge success

DUNCAN — Nothing brings people together like a warm home-cooked meal amidst a day of freezing temperatures.

Despite the weather, there were people waiting at the door half an hour before the first Duncan Thanksgiving Community Meal began Saturday at the Duncan Senior Citizens Center. Hosted by Duncan Community Development Corporation, Inc., the meal was free and open to the entire community.

“I am pleasantly surprised (at the turnout),” said Sharika Lockhart, DCDC member. “I’m glad the community came out.”

By noon, an hour and a half after volunteers started serving, there had been more than 100 people come through the line. Food, drinks and serving supplies were mostly donated by local businesses, organizations and individuals. Group members raised money for whatever else was needed.

Turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn and homemade rolls were served to those who came through the line. To round things out various homemade desserts were available to choose from.

“We made enough food for about 500 people,” Lockhart said. “It looks like we’re going to meet that.”

Lockhart and other DCDC members made deliveries in town to nursing homes, as well as the police and fire departments. Their group’s main goal, she said, is to bring the community together.

“In Duncan, there are a lot of people in need,” she said. “We’re trying to fill the void.”

With the success of this year’s meal, Lockhart said she hopes DCDC will be able to continue the event annually.

“We want to thank everyone in the community for coming out and those who donated,” said Lockhart. “It looks like everybody is enjoying themselves and that’s what it’s all about.”

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