Volunteers prepare for community dinner, two years of preparation

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) – The Jonesboro Community Thanksgiving Dinner is back for the 2021 holiday season after the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to be canceled last year.

The program annually serves community members who are homeless, without food or family by providing them with a dining experience or delivering food to their homes.

Event spokesperson Richard Carvell said the event is not possible without help from the community.

“We couldn’t do this event without volunteers, in 2019 we had about 500 volunteers,” Carvell said. They expect to have roughly the same amount.

Volunteers of all ages were at the St. Bernards Auditorium on Wednesday, helping to prepare for Thursday’s event.

Asher Braveparrish is a 10 year old boy from Jonesboro who spoke about why he thought volunteering was so important.

“If you have like a lot of water or money, you can donate it to families in need,” Braveparrish said.

Braveparrish was just one of many children present with their parents to try to do their part for the event.

The Jonesboro Community Thanksgiving Dinner is scheduled for Nov. 25 at the St. Bernards Auditorium at 11 a.m., until they run out of food.

People wishing to have food delivered to their homes must live within the Jonesboro city limits and should contact (870) 336-0555 by 10:30 a.m. on November 25.

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