39th annual Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving dinner brings community together once again

RAPID CITY, S.D.– Volunteers on Monday started the hard work to prepare enough food for the annual Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving dinner.

St Thomas More Thanksgiving Dinner DessertFor almost 40 years, the organization has prepared a feast for anyone and everyone free of charge, giving community members a place to go for a hot meal, something much appreciated.

And after last year’s celebration eight months into the pandemic, many of the people at Saint Thomas More were thankful to be enjoying a sit-down meal once more.

“We’ve been doing this, well they say 39 years, and my husband was one of the first ones to help start it, so, yeah. It really does, it makes a big difference, District Deputy of the Catholic Daughters of America Bonnie Spratte said. “And last year they couldn’t do it. We had to do it outside and do drive-thru instead, which worked out. But this year, as you can see, they’re coming in again. It’s nice.”

For the volunteers, after all of the stress and preparation, seeing the public enjoying the meal is the best reward.

“It’s about the community, you know. People are more stressed now, too. I mean, things are more expensive, and people are limited with their incomes and so forth,” Knights of Columbus chairman Fred Berendse said. “And so, this is a little bit that we can help relieve. And if we can make someone comfortable for thanksgiving day, that’s what it’s all about.”

Volunteers prepared around 600 pounds of turkey for the event, which can draw around 700 to 800 people annually.

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