In this season of gratefulness, there are those in Greenwood who count their blessings by blessing others.
Each year, the Greenwood Soup Kitchen provides hot, homemade Thanksgiving Day meals to hundreds of hungry diners.
“What we like to do is do something special for our guests every year,” said Norm Fawcett, chairman of the soup kitchen’s board of directors. “We do a whole turkey dinner.”
Volunteers are asked to come out at 9:45 a.m. Thursday and serving starts at 11 a.m. The soup kitchen offers meals every morning, but on Thanksgiving so much more goes into making the holiday special for guests.
Volunteers from St. Mark United Methodist Church’s men’s club will be frying turkeys donated to the soup kitchen by the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Neil “Gobbler” Cost chapter. Last year, Fawcett said the crews fried 18 turkeys in less than 3 hours.
The St. Mark women’s club provides desserts, while Leadership Greenwood offers up vegetables and side dishes. County Councilwoman Edith Childs and her husband, along with the Greenwood Area Brotherhood, fry fish for the meal as well, Fawcett said.
Giving back to the community is something the soup kitchen does every day, but on Thanksgiving, it’s about providing more than a hot meal
“It’s something more than just hunger,” Fawcett said. “It’s our way of saying thanks and giving back to a community that’s been so supportive of us.”
That support comes from generous donors and dedicated volunteers. On Tuesday morning, Lucy Mason was serving as the kitchen’s coordinator and helping serve on the food line. She’s volunteered for about six years now, and said the guests are always grateful for what the soup kitchen is able to do.
“They’re really friendly people, and I love their spirit,” Mason said.
Kathy Bonvouloir, another volunteer, has spent the better part of two decades feeding the hungry with the soup kitchen. She said year after year, what keeps her coming back is the smiles on guests’ faces and the generosity of donors year-round.
“You know you’re helping someone when you hand them a meal,” she said. “We couldn’t survive without the generosity of our donors, either.”
For information on the soup kitchen and mealtimes, or on how to volunteer, call 864-229-2296. The soup kitchen is open from 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Saturday at 929 Phoenix St., located in the United Center for Community Care. Visit the soup kitchen’s website at bit.ly/2qONJpt.