FLINT, Michigan (WJRT) - (11/19/2018) - People around Genesee county are already cooking and setting the table for those in need.
The table is open to anyone and free of charge, as a number of organizations are coming together to make sure no one is hungry or alone this Thanksgiving week.
"It's better to give than to receive," is more than just a bible verse for John Manse who just cooked a lot of birds:
"I said why not partner together, and do what you're doing but we'll provide the space, especially the clients, the people that come to eat."
The collaboration, stemming from a series of Thanksgiving dinners organized by Chia Morgan, has morphed into the "Blessed to be Blessing" at the Center for Hope hosted by Morgan's non profit Well of Hope and Catholic Charities.
We caught up with Morgan while she was putting together gift bags--that will include washcloths and socks-- to be given out at Tuesday's dinner.
The event, which she organizes, is in its tenth year.
Morgan says Flint is so much more than just a headline:
"It is a resilient city that comes together to make it happen for each other, we stick together no matter what."
She hopes to feed close to 600 beginning at four o'clock on Tuesday.
For guests like Sandra Weinert, the gathering is about more than food:
"People without family can feel connected," she said. "It's being around people, for whatever reasons they're in their situations."
Two days later Manse will hit the kitchen again, to serve up Thanksgiving dinner at the North End Soup Kitchen:
"It's important for people to have some place to go, because hunger doesn't take a day off, and neither do we," he said.
Nor do the volunteers who turn out to assist every year.
On Thursday Carriage Town Ministries is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner beginning with a chapel service at 5pm.
In addition to the meals being served on Tuesday and Thursday, the Salvation Army is serving its Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday, with the doors opening up at 4 o'clock.
In addition to churches in Saginaw and Bay City, here are some other venues that will be serving up free Thanksgiving dinner this week:
*The Savoy Bar and Grill in Saginaw will open its doors to the public on Wednesday, November 21st from 11-3pm.
And for the second-year-in-a-row, Draymond Green's Thanksgiving Dinner at the Dow Event Center also takes place on Wednesday from 5-to-9pm.