Amen Ministries to host annual Thanksgiving dinner
From staff reports
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Amen Ministries' annual, charitable Thanksgiving meal will be held Thursday, Nov. 22 at Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Elizabeth City.
Amen Ministries' Eugene and Volanda Watts are now in their 26th year of organizing free meals on Thanksgiving, and Volanda Watts said Wednesday they fed almost 900 people across five counties last year.
The Wattses are planning for just as many for this year's event, and they could use volunteers to cook, serve and cleanup, she said.
Elizabeth City's Albemarle Family YMCA is providing volunteers to deliver meals across Pasquotank, Perquimans, Gates, Camden and Currituck counties, she said. Two hundred people have already requested delivered meals, she added.
Watts also asked the community to consider donating food for the event. Amen Ministries would welcome frozen turkeys, canned collards and sweet potatoes, and desserts — particularly pies, she said.
Watts said people could start dropping off food at their business, Perfect Plumbing, at 317 S. Hughes Blvd., today through Nov. 20.
The Wattses, and the volunteers who support them, often help feed people of limited means and who don't have any nearby family to have Thanksgiving with. She invited anyone interested in learning more about the event to call Perfect Plumbing at 338-2515.
In addition to thanking YMCA members and other volunteers for their help, Watts also thanked Montero's restaurant, which will cook the turkeys, gravy and stuffing, and Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church for hosting the event.
The Wattses held last year's meal at Holy Trinity Community Church, but Watts said it's not available this year. It's closed for renovation work.
Cornerstone is located at 507 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, in Elizabeth City.