McPherson Community Thanksgiving celebrated its 15th year of providing a home-cooked holiday meal to all comers Thursday, at the community building. More than 260 volunteers worked for hours preparing 35 turkeys, dressing, sides and desserts for roughly 700 guests.


McPherson Community Thanksgiving celebrated its 15th year of providing a home-cooked holiday meal to all comers Thursday, at the community building. More than 260 volunteers worked for hours preparing 35 turkeys, dressing, sides and desserts for roughly 700 guests.
“It really started yesterday at 10 a.m.,” said Community Thanksgiving Inc. Co-Vice President Barb Greischar. “We moved all the tables in. The volunteers do such wonderful work. We had it all set up in two hours.”
Greischar said she’s been volunteering with the annual Thanksgiving event for the past 14 years, and was very appreciative of the many people, businesses and organizations that come out each year to make it all happen.
“A lot come back year after year. They love doing this,” Greischar said.
This year, among many others who helped, was the McPherson High School Girls Basketball Team and Cub Scout Pack 130.
“I feel pretty good just being here helping people out and being with my Pack, said nine year-old Cub Scout Andre Patton, who chose to volunteer with four of his fellow scouts.
Another family volunteered to show their children how important it is to help others.
“I think it’s nice to teach my kids that it’s good to do things for other people. We have a lot to be thankful for,” said first-year volunteer Jamie Maltbie.
As far as the meal, however, people had no complaints.
“It’s delicious,” said Dianna Starburg. “It’s a great thing to come out and spend time with friends.”