Community prepares to give thanks

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 23, 1999

People in need of a Thanksgiving meal have no reason to worry in the Miss-Lou. Local charities and churches are making sure no one is left out.

Shirley Wheatley, director of the Natchez Stewpot on East&160;Franklin Street said the kitchen will serve meals Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Stewpot, which is open every day, is preparing for 200 to 250 people this Thanksgiving – one of its most popular meals.

&uot;Thanksgiving is bigger than Christmas,&uot; Wheatley said.

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Meals will be served to anyone who comes to eat at the Stewpot. People with heath problems can get take-out meals if they make previous arrangements.

About 80 percent of the dinners will be take-out orders, Wheatley said.

The Stewpot plans to serve 12 to 15 turkeys along with other holiday food, Wheatley said.

&uot;All the turkeys have been donated,&uot; she said. &uot;All of them will be cooked by volunteers who are donating their time.&uot;

Natchez Police officers will assist in delivering some of the take-out orders.

The Home League of the Adams County Salvation Army will also be delivering Thanksgiving meals today.

The Home League has compiled a list of shut-ins and older people who need the service but may not be on the Stewpot’s list , said Salvation Army Lt. Bobby Westmoreland.

The Salvation Army has also given food baskets to area families this year

The organization does not serve meals on Thursday because it does not want to duplicate the Stewpot’s services.

&uot;(The Stewpot) specializes in cooked meals, and we specializes in baskets,&uot; Westmoreland said.