Big crowds expected for free turkey dinners

By: Gene Petriello Email
By: Gene Petriello Email

News 12 First at Five; November 26, 2008

AIKEN, S.C. --- This year especially, volunteers are expecting big crowds at free Thanksgiving Day Dinners because of the economy. We visit Aiken's One Table as preps are well underway.

News 12 got a behind the scenes look at how much work goes in to preparing such a big meal like this. We we're there when the volunteers showed up, with a great spirit, to prepare a big One Table meal for thousands to enjoy.

One Table is now a Thanksgiving Day tradition. It started back in 2005. This year, volunteers are expecting to feed around 2,000 people. The free meal will be held in the Alley in Downtown Aiken from 11 AM until 2 PM.

Churches, local businesses and just the everyday person will be working hard all through the night on Wednesday to get everything prepared. Then, on Thursday Morning, the birds will be fried, baked and roasted by local chefs in the area.

If you need some last minute details on this big event, call Eddie George at (803) 642-7664.

We're also On Your Side with other free Thanksgiving Day meals throughout our area.

Word of Faith Christian Fellowship Church will have a banquet-style dinner and clothes giveaway. That's on 2517 Milledgeville Road starting at 11 am.

The Greater Aiken VFW Post 10601 has a special place set aside for veterans of any war or branch of service starting at 4 PM. Immediate family members are welcome.

Back in Augusta, Bible Deliverance Temple has a meal planned from 11 to 1 pm at 1857 Fenwick Street. The pastor says they are planning for as many as 300 people. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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