Community members feeding thousands of their neighbors across the Tri-Cities on Thanksgiving

TRI-CITIES, TN/VA (WJHL)-  Across the region, community members spent their Thanksgivings making sure their neighbors didn’t go hungry.


The First Baptist Church of Elizabethton hosted its 5th annual the Feast of Sharing, serving up over a thousand meals to the community this Thanksgiving day. The church also delivered meals to local emergency agencies as well as local nursing homes and shut-ins. The church also had clothes closets with donated items for people that needed shoes, coats, and clothes.

Johnson City

Haven of Mercy fed thousands of people Thursday at its homeless shelter. The Johnson City ministry has been serving a Thanksgiving meal to anyone who comes in on Thanksgiving Day for more than 40 years. Haven of Mercy has dozens of volunteers that come year after year to serve up this Thanksgiving tradition

“A lot of people are hungry and homeless on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, so we’ve provided this feast many many years,”Grant Rockley, pastor of Haven of Mercy said. “We serve probably three, four-thousand people on Thanksgiving, about the same on Christmas, we’re sending food trays and food out to the community for shut-ins and people that can’t get here, and our reason for doing it is to show the love of Christ.” Haven of Mercy is funded solely by the donations of the community.


The People Loving People Thanksgiving Dinner served and delivered around 3,500 traditional, hot, free Thanksgiving Dinners.  The meal was held at the Joseph Rogers Primary School in Rogersville.  Anyone was invited to attend. Organizers said they did not want anyone to go without a meal or to be alone on Thanksgiving Day.

Bristol, Virginia

The St. Luke Men’s Club sponsored the annual free community Thanksgiving dinner at St. Luke United Methodist Church. Folks came to enjoy turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, and dessert as the church’s gift to the community. The annual meal has been served at St. Luke for more than a dozen years and has fed thousands of people.

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