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BLACKFOOT – Love was shown Thursday, as various churches in the Blackfoot area came together to feed those in need for Thanksgiving.

The Community Dinner Table (CDT) provided a turkey dinner and all of the trimmings for people in the area who otherwise may not have a hot meal. The Groveland Second Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints church volunteered their time and talents to prepare and serve the meal at the Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist Church.

“I love seeing people filled with the spirit of Thanksgiving,” said dinner coordinator Susan Morrell.

Volunteer Caleb Pendlebury, 12, served deserts.

“I like handing out the pies,” Caleb said. “And asking people what kind they want. It’s fun.”

Many of the people who were served Thursday, attended the dinner not only for the food, but also for the compassion and sense of community provided by the CDT. Tuwaka Ransom visited with those around him and told them of the player piano his grandparents owned.

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“It was 105 years old when I graduated high school in 1982,” Ransom said. “I have 24 rolls (of music) for it, if anybody wants them.”

When asked what his favorite part of the day was he said, “The food.” He then continued to tell stories of his life as a truck driver and the times he traveled with a carnival.

The CDT has been providing meals every Tuesday, for the past 10 years.

“This is the fifth year for the Thanksgiving meal,” said Debbie Hammett, wife of Lee Hammett who was one of the founders of the CDT.

The CDT began nine years ago, when friends and neighbors Ron Thompson and Lee Hammett, wanted to help to feed community members in need. The non-profit group is made up of various churches in Blackfoot who have come together to serve.

“It’s all about feeding people, and keeping the Lord in front of you.” Hammett said.

The weekly meals will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday through the end of March. Every week a different church volunteers to prepare and serve a hot meal.

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