The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

November 17, 2013

Share Thanksgiving with the community

By Lora Scripps

— Thanksgiving is typically thought of as time to gather with family and friends to give thanks. However, there are times when many can’t celebrate the holiday with the ones they love.

Some don’t have the money to host a Thanksgiving feast.  Others have family that live too far away. 

When readers of The News Courier were asked this week if they knew of a place where a disabled couple — new to the area without family nearby  — could have a good Thanksgiving meal, many commented the couple were welcome to celebrate alongside their families and friends.

Many churches, organizations and businesses across Limestone County are also opening their doors Thanksgiving Day to ensure no one has to spend Thanksgiving alone.

Here are a few locations:

• The third-annual communitywide Thanksgiving dinner, organized by Roxanne Haggermaker and Kim Birdsong, will be held from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Vietnam Veterans of America building at 17915 W. Elm St. in Athens. Dinner is free. Everyone welcome. Deliveries are restricted to local residents unable to leave their homes. Homebound residents should call to reserve a plate by Nov. 27. Donations of food for the event are welcome. To find out more or make a reservation, call Roxanne Haggermaker at 256-206-6702.

• Elkmont United Methodist Church will hold it’s first community Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Nov. 28, at the Elkmont UMC Annex at 25444 Children St. Dinner is free and open to all. Seniors are honored guests. Deliveries will be made to homebound only. For deliveries call, Elkmont UMC at 732-4301 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. Deadline for reservations is Nov. 25.

• Inez’s Soul Food for Real on Washington Street will be closed during the Thanksgiving holiday while the staff handles catering orders. But Owner Selena Cain said her extended family will be gathering at the restaurant on Nov. 28, and she invited anyone seeking food or fellowship to join her family for a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal.

• Cracker Barrel on Kelli Drive in Athens will be open for business serving Thanksgiving dinner. Eat in or takeout. Meals are not free. Call 256-232-4141 to reserve a spot for dinner or takeout.

Those who know of other churches, businesses or organizations offering Thanksgiving dinner, should email Budd McLaughlin at or call 256-232-2720.