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The spirit of giving

The Mitchell community enjoys fellowship and a Thanksgiving meal hosted by the Breaking Bread Ministries at the Wesleyan Church on Thursday. (Sheila Slater / Republic)

Multiple congregations joined forces to serve a full Thanksgiving meal to hundreds of community members at the Wesleyan Church in Mitchell. Founded six years ago, the Mitchell Thanksgiving Dinner has grown into a popular community event serving food, hugs, hope and fellowship.

By 1 p.m. Thursday, the more-than 60 volunteers served more than 500 meals in the dining room, made 352 deliveries in the area and brought another 250 meals to four newly added remote locations including Stepping Stones, Meadowlawn, Greenridge Apartments and Cathedral Square.

"It takes a whole group of people to pull this off. We collected the County Fair Saver Stamps all year long at the different churches around town and bought the turkeys with them. We paid about $1 per bird and served 60 of them," said Lisa Catellier, of the Harvest Community.

The Mitchell Thanksgiving Dinner has been held for six years and gained a driving force with Alyssa Hermann, who joined the board last year and took over the lead this year.

"Out of the Thanksgiving initiative grew the Breaking Bread Initiative, and we decided to open up to other churches in the community. Now we have Northridge Baptist, Harvest Community and First United Methodist along with us and we are all part of this ministry," Herman said.

The group's future goal is to expand their community outreach and prepare and serve frozen meals year-round and also plans to reach out and provide service projects for businesses, teams or any group that would like to join in and bring the community closer together.

This year, the Breaking Bread Ministries will be giving out 13 Christmas Baskets that will include a tree, a meal, presents and other items and welcomes nominations of families in need.

"We want to serve those that also serve, not only the ones in need," Herman said.