Community Thanksgiving relies on volunteer spirit

This past Thanksgiving, hundreds of people filtered through Scott Hall at the Johnson County fairgrounds for a holiday dinner. Dozens more received meals through carry-out.

Some of the diners were people without family or close friends to share the meal with. Some were having what might be their only hot meal of the day. Others were there because they believe a more-the-merrier approach makes the holiday even more special.

The dinner was considered a success by the volunteers putting it on and those enjoying the meal and the fellowship. In just a few years, the effort has become a local tradition.

Now organizers are reaching out to the public for help putting on this year’s event.

Johnson County’s annual Thanksgiving Banquet will be conducted from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 24, again at Scott Hall at the fairgrounds in Franklin. Community activist LaTheda Noonan again is spearheading the effort.

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