After the Steinhouse burned in April of 2011 there has been no community Thanksgiving event in Boonville until now. On Thursday, community members and volunteers gathered to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal for free at the Laura Speed Elliot Middle School Commons.
For a couple years, the idea of a community Thanksgiving was just an idea. According to Pastor Randy Richards, it did not get off of the ground until this year.
"We first began with our church group and then we contacted other partners to assist. The First Baptist Church called about providing desserts. We then started to work with Pastor Mel Eaton at the Four Square Church, who are doing a meal as well. We grew from there," Richards said.
By 11 a.m., many individuals were lining up to be served a Thanksgiving meal.
"We have a crew who have set to deliver the meals and as of 11:15 this morning they have delivered more than 100 meals to area residents," Richards said.
Volunteers from Boonville happily assisted with the meal. More than 20 turkeys were donated by the Cooper County Wild Turkey Federation. Walmart donated 75 pies.
"Members of the church pitched in and donated money as well," Thanksgiving volunteer Rick Huffman said.
"This is my first time volunteering for a Community Thanksgiving. I gave up my Thanksgiving to be here," Volunteer Teresa Vollrath said.
"We want to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving," Huffman said.