Residents celebrate early holiday

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 24, 1999

About 100 people in the Miss-Lou got to celebrate Thanksgiving a day early this week.

The Home League, a division of the local chapter of the Salvation Army, cooked Thanksgiving meals Wednesday for the elderly and the disabled.

&uot;This is a way of getting out of ourselves and thinking of others,&uot; said Sgt. Major Darcella Isadore, league chaplin. &uot;It keeps us happy, too.&uot;

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League members then delivered the meals to people like 80-year-old Adelaide Sanders and her disabled son.

&uot;I really appreciate it,&uot; Sanders said. &uot;This is a big surprise.&uot;

The league took meals to people in the area who they knew needed the assistance.

&uot;I’m very proud of the Home League,&uot; said Lt. Bobby Westmoreland of the Salvation Army. &uot;I think they’ve worked hard.&uot;

The league collected all of its own food, including about 20 turkeys.

Mary’s Seafood cooked the turkeys, and a donation from First Baptist Church of Natchez also helped, said Gwen Page Clark, Home League member.

Clark said the purpose of the Home League is to help others.

&uot;What we are trying to do is serve the community not only at Thanksgiving but (any) particular time,&uot; Clark said.

Clark personally delivered the meal to Adelaide Sanders. Clark said she admires Sanders for taking care of her disabled adult son, despite her own age.

&uot;The responsibility is on her,&uot; Clark said. &uot;She’s a neat little person. I like her.&uot;

Isadore has only been with the Salvation Army a few months, but she has a simple reason for wanted to be involved.

&uot;Because I see them doing all the things God said we as Christians should do,&uot; Isadore said. &uot;It’s a wonderful organization.&uot;

Ernestine Williams, an active member of the league, also helped with the Wednesday meal.

&uot;It’s something I want to do,&uot;&160;Williams said. &uot;I have a good time doing it.&uot;