“People are loading up on clothes and taking them with them once they finish eating.”.
Among the holiday diners was Middletown resident Natalie Stevenson with her young son.
“I appreciate it a lot because a lot of people took time out to make food and get the donated clothes together. I’m just so grateful,” Stevenson said. “I enjoyed the food, desert and everything was so nice and I appreciate it because I couldn’t go see my family so this is like I met a new family.”
Across Butler County the scene was repeated as various churches and community organizations opened their doors and saw volunteers don cooking aprons and start the stirring, frying and heating of free Thanksgiving meals to be given to the needy.
Fort Hamilton Hospital in the county seat city had the unusual sight of a busy cafeteria during holiday afternoon. For the second year, the hospital’s cafeteria offered up free Thanksgiving dinners to staffers and family visiting patients.
Sharon Miller, cafeteria coordinator, said “it’s nice to give back to the community and back to the people who work for us and those visiting patients.”
Miller estimated the hospital food staff served more than 200 free holiday diners.
“Everyone is very appreciative of it,” she said.