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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Residents gather for free holiday dinner

  • DIAMOND — Two days before Thanksgiving, a total of 650 people were fed a traditional Thanksgiving dinner along with ham and chicken during Tuesday's Diamond Community Thanksgiving Dinner held at the high school's commons area.
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  • DIAMOND — Two days before Thanksgiving, a total of 650 people were fed a traditional Thanksgiving dinner along with ham and chicken during Tuesday's Diamond Community Thanksgiving Dinner held at the high school's commons area.
    This is the second year for the event.
    "I did it last year with the school project at PSU, I am not in school anymore, but the community loved it and I think that we will keep it going," said Melissa James, president of the community dinner committee. "(I was) getting my bachelors (degree) in social work and we all needed a community project so I thought what would my community benefit from most."
    Last year, the event saw around 600 people.
    "We only thought we would have 400 people last year. People need this, they want it," she added.
    The project this year consisted of donations from area churches and businesses.
    "We have had donators, we spread out, started with our local churches first and they have been the backbone for this, without them, we could not have done this," said James. “We have the Diamond Christian Church, Methodist Church and Diamond Baptist Church. That covered a lot of our basics like the stuffing, potatoes and that. We branched out to the Lions Club and the Diamond Improvement Group. Then the smaller businesses would give us $15-20 donations here and there, thankfully. We could not do it without them.”
    The dinner began at 4:30 p.m. and lasted until around 7 p.m. They also delivered to some food to homebound individuals and also to some of the businesses in Diamond.
    Jerry Noel was a person who attended the dinner.
    “I think that it is a good thing for what they are doing with the community to serve them dinner like this,” Noel said.
    The dinner also gave Noel time to see others in the community, including some of her in-laws.
    “I saw my daughter-in-law’s parents here and I had not seen them for a little bit so it was nice to see them and others in town,” Noel said.
    On Thanksgiving, Noel plans on going to her son’s house in Oklahoma City, Okla.
    “We are going to spend time up there,” she remarked.
    James also said there were 40 volunteers helping out and she was grateful to see the turnout on that.
    Asked how that makes her feel to have volunteers helping, James said, “it is amazing, it makes me feel like the little things that we do really do make a difference. It was just a little project last year that I was ‘supposed to do’ and it became something that we really desired to do. It makes me feel like it matters to these people, it is great.”
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    Want to attend a Thanksgiving breakfast?  
    The Diamond National Honor Society will host a community breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving day at the high school. The breakfast is free and open to the public. This is the honor society’s second annual Thanksgiving breakfast.
     
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