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Cabot couple invite community to annual Thanksgiving dinnerPublished November 28, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
CABOT—While most people have a tradition of going to a family member’s house to eat turkey and dressing, some folks are left without a place to go to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Heather and Dane Moore are doing what they can to make sure everyone in Cabot has a full belly today.
This is the fourth year for the Moores to coordinate the Cabot Community Thanksgiving Feast. In 2009, Heather and Dane looked for someplace in Cabot where their family could perform community service for Thanksgiving. When they failed to find a place where the whole family could volunteer, they served in another community, she said.
After that, Heather and Dane decided to take on a community meal themselves, and now they plan to continue to do so for years to come because of the success of the Cabot Community Thanksgiving Feast.
“We usually add almost 100 more people each year,” Heather said. “The first year we had around 330, then 450; then the next year we had over 500.”
The Moores are preparing for at least 600 people to come together and eat from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Cabot Church of Christ, 500 N. Second St.
“All of the food is donated,” Dane said.
Local organizations have donated the meats, and individuals within the community have donated side items such as dressing and green beans.
“People can come and go. They can eat there or they can come in and get to-go trays to take to their families,” Dane said.
Delivery is also available for those who want to participate in the feast but don’t have a way to get there.
Heather said the community has always been willing to help with the feast each year.
“We’ve had to turn people away [from volunteering],” she said. “It’s a good problem to have.”
What keeps the Moores going year after year? The people who come to the feast.
“I love the stories we hear from the people,” Heather said. “Last year we had a family who didn’t know what they were going to do [on Thanksgiving] because they had just lost their house to fire.”
Heather and Dane both said they enjoy the community coming together as one for a day.
“A lady two years ago called Heather and told her she lived in Jacksonville and wanted to see if she could come to the feast,” Dane said. “Her son was killed in Iraq, and she said, ‘I really feel like I don’t want to be alone for Thanksgiving.’ We invite anyone who wants to come to come.”
Any leftovers from the feast — which the Moores said usually aren’t many — are taken to the Open Arms Shelter in Lonoke.
More information about the Cabot Community Thanksgiving Feast is available at www.cabotfeast.com or by calling (501) 259-3799.
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