STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Some people look forward to holiday feasts around this time of year, but others use it as an opportunity to volunteer.
It was a room filled with food and gratitude in Stroudsburg.
“We are very thankful, very, for all the churches that help the community to help us have a better Thanksgiving and to feed us throughout the year because we’re homeless mostly,” one man said.
St. Luke’s church officials and volunteers in Stroudsburg held its annual Thanksgiving meal for the community. The event has been a long-standing tradition at the church and they say a lot of locals rely on it.
“Especially the elderly or those who don’t have a big family, those who have no families. So it’s a wonderful opportunity for people to come and enjoy Thanksgiving,” said St. Luke’s Church Father Michael Quinnan.
The gathering was free and included Thanksgiving dinner staples like turkey, stuffing, and corn. Organizer Diego Pelaez says it’s been weeks in the making and they prepared around 250 meals for dine-in or takeout.
“We put it all together and you see right now it’s a fantastic thing,” said Pelaez.
Shirley Rosado is a first-time volunteer and says others at the church are like family and she’s lucky to be with them on Thanksgiving.
“This year’s a little difficult for me because it’s my first year without my husband and if I can do this, and I know he’s here with me because he was a member of St. Luke’s, I’m glad that I got up this morning and was able to come and help out,” said Rosado.
A total of 18 turkeys were cooked and handed out to the community with a smile and with a very special happy Thanksgiving message.