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Trinity to provide make-at-home Thanksgiving meals to 100 families

Courtesy Photo Isabella McCrimmon happily displays the goods she and her mom bought to donate to Trinity Episcopal’s Thanksgiving meals program.

ALPENA — Thanks to generous community support and the hard work of volunteers, 100 families will be able to enjoy a free Thanksgiving meal.

On Sunday, Trinity Episcopal Church’s Sunday Supper will have the regular carry-out meal an added bonus — a turkey dinner with all the fixin’s, ready to take home and cook for Thanksgiving.

Meals will be distributed from 4 to 5:15 p.m. on Sunday outside Trinity Episcopal Church, 124 E. Washington Ave., Alpena.

The Sunday Supper program is in its 24th year, but this is the first time they have provided take-home Thanksgiving meals.

“It has truly been an almost overwhelming outpouring of generosity,” Sunday Supper organizer Ellen Eagan said of the community’s support.

Scarlett and Eli Krawczak hold cans of cranberry sauce to donate to Trinity's Thanksgiving dinner program.

The idea to do Thanksgiving meals this year came from Carol Rundell, who has been volunteering with the Sunday Supper program with Eagan since its inception.

“Carol thought this up and got it organized,” Eagan said. “This is the first time we’ve tried to do a whole holiday dinner for those who come to us, so I’m excited, and I think our guests will be pleased.”

Because of the pandemic restrictions, Sunday Supper patrons have been picking up their meals each week.

“I kind of felt bad that the patrons couldn’t have a nice hot meal inside,” Rundell explained. “And I just thought our community is so wonderful and always steps up.”

And step up they did, donating about $1,300 and enough supplies for each family to have seconds.

Beckett Granata winks at the camera as he helps shop for food to donate to Trinity's Thanksgiving meals program.

Perch’s IGA donated stuffing and supplies and offered a special deal on the turkeys, Rundell said. She added that each family will also receive a handmade placemat made by students at All Saints, thanks to Casey Ross.

To donate or volunteer for Sunday Suppers, call the church at 989-356-0576.

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