A bitter sweat Thanksgiving Day celebration rolled through Gateway Family Church in Leduc Saturday as drive-thru lines replaced the traditional gathering.
Organizer Kristine Lindskoog said volunteers expect nearly 70 families to pick up a catered Thanksgiving dinner to eat at home this year rather than join them for a banquet. Normally, the church members like to host families in their hall, sit down together and reduce the isolation.
This year, they were masked and gloved but still tried to make personal connections through the car windows.
“It’s a strange one, for sure,” said Lindskoog, during a lull in the morning. The meals were prepared by Local Meats. They included turkey, green beans and carrots, stuffing, pumpkin pie and other fixings.
Many families who came had been to the church for Thanksgiving dinner the year before. Others were new, struggling for the first time to stretch their household budget far enough to cover a feast. For people who are “new to this, new to the foodbank,” it can be a bit traumatic, said Lindskoog. “We’re just trying to do what we can.”
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