Another Perfect Thanksgiving With Friends!

We hope that you’re Thanksgiving was as wonderful as ours!

Thanksgiving has been a community tradition at The Hope Center since our beginning nearly 60 years ago.

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We love continuing the tradition started so long ago. Seeing the Trinity Center filled with the smiling faces of our volunteers, staff, and guests is why we love the holiday so much. We had approximately 275 guests for Thanksgiving this year!

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Our staff, residents, and volunteers worked hard in the days leading up to Thanksgiving preparing enough food to feed 300 people. We roasted eighteen 20lb turkeys and used seventy-five loaves of bread for the stuffing!

On Thanksgiving Day, over 40 volunteers helped to make the day special for our guests. From helping to set the tables, to cutting pies, preparing foods, serving drinks and greeting guests, our volunteers helped to make the day run smoothly and helped to provide a welcoming atmosphere for our guests.

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We want to thank all of our volunteers for giving of their Thanksgiving to serve others. Each year we have so many who are willing to give up their holiday to help and we greatly appreciate their giving spirit.

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We also want to thank Sharon Kaufman who was our volunteer coordinator for the day. Sharon made sure all the volunteers were organized and doing all the various jobs necessary that day. Sharon did a fantastic job of keeping everything running smoothly and efficiently.

Each year we look forward to hosting our Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast. This year was another successful holiday celebration!

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Thank you to everyone who volunteered, donated, prayed, and participated in any way in our Thanksgiving feast. We are so thankful for this community and all the generous, caring people who help in so many ways!

If you’re interested in volunteering at The Hope Center, go to http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com to learn about all the different ways you can get involved!

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Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

The turkeys have been roasted, carved and are ready to take center stage tomorrow at our annual Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast!

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We want to say thank you to Sharon Hughes, daughter of The Hope Center founders Jim & Ellen Resh, her husband Henry, daughter Melanie, Board of Directors member Joe Elliott and his wife Maryann for volunteering over 6 hours the past two days to carve the 18 turkeys for Thanksgiving. They resisted the temptation to dig into the roast turkey so there’s plenty of it for tomorrow!
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In addition to the turkeys, the generous folks from Germantown Bethel Church of God donated 30 pumpkin pies for our Thanksgiving feast tomorrow. They’ve been supplying pies for our Thanksgiving buffet for years upon years! Thank you to everyone from Germantown Bethel Church of God for baking these pies each year for our guests.
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The 2014 Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast begins at 11:30am tomorrow at the Trinity Center with kids activities beginning at 11. Our free buffet features turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, succotash, sauerkraut, cranberry sauce, fruit, assorted pies, beverages and so much more!
The Trinity Center is located next to our Thrift Store on Walnut Street between Franklin & Church Streets in Hagerstown. There’s plenty of parking located in our central parking lot on Church Street.
 
Don’t spend Thanksgiving alone! Come out and enjoy some great food & fellowship!

 

And so it Begins…

Thanksgiving is just a handful of days away which means our kitchen is getting busier by the minute!

For over 50 years we’ve hosted an annual Thanksgiving buffet for the community. It’s always been free and, even more importantly, it’s been delicious!

Each Thanksgiving, we plan to host 250-300 hungry guests in the Trinity Center, our multi-purpose building located next to the Thrift Store on Walnut Street.

So to have enough food for our buffet to feed almost 300 people, there is a lot of work and preparation that goes into it.

The process began today with the donation of the 16 turkeys that will be the star of our Thanksgiving buffet. Tomorrow, we will roast those 16 turkeys which will take the entire day.

Once the turkeys are finished, we’ll have volunteers who will help to carve and pull the meat off the turkeys. The biggest challenge is not eating every bit of the delicious turkey!

While all of that is taking place, we have other people who are spending time cutting up bread and celery for our famous stuffing.

Preparing the food is not the only thing that goes into this event. We will have several people help us set up the Trinity Center to host 300 guests. From tables, to chairs, to the buffet line, there is a lot of prep work that goes into getting the building ready for the big day.

While the event may only last around 2 or so hours, there are countless hours put into making this day a success.

We couldn’t say thank you enough to all the staff, Hope Center residents and volunteers who will give so much of their time this week to prepare and serve our guests on Thanksgiving. This always has been and always will be a truly community event where we stop being strangers and start being family.

If you would like to join us for our delicious Thanksgiving feast then make it a plan to come by the Trinity Center at 11:30am on Thursday, November 28th, for our annual Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast. It’s free for everyone so invite your family, friends, neighbors & co-workers. There are children’s activities beginning at 11am.

For more info, call 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s time to carve the turkey & cut into those pumpkin pies! If you are still looking for something to do today then please join us at 11:30am at the Trinity Center*.

There’s plenty of food for everyone so be sure to invite your friends, family & neighbors. Kids activities start at 11am. And the best part is that this delicious buffet lunch is FREE!

We hope to see you today! If not, we hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

*The Trinity Center is located right next to our Thrift Store on Walnut Street between Franklin & Church Streets in Hagerstown. There will be plenty of parking in our central lot located off of Church Street.