The Bolivar County Community Action Agency hosted its third Pre-Thanksgiving dinner Tuesday at Changing Your World Church in Rosedale.
Turkey, stuffing and ham were just a few holiday favorites given during the event.
Entergy donated 65 energy conserving kits and blankets to aid residents during the winter months.
Attendees were also given 'goody' bags that were filled with water, nonperishable foods and toiletries.
According to Executive Director of the Bolivar County Community Action Agency Elnora Littleton, this was the largest turnout they have had in all three years that they have hosted the event.
"I feel very, very blessed because some people came in a took part in this event. Some of the attending individuals don’t have families and are going to be alone for the holidays and some of them have families but they just may be hungry. We are so happy that we were able to unite and provide this meal for individuals in Bolivar County," Littleton said.
"We just want to show them love and respect and let them know that we care about them no matter what they are going through. We consider this event to be a blessing because it is truly a blessing when you can reach out into the community and help someone. People brought food from everywhere. You are your brother's keeper," she added as she turned and gazed at the large group of attending residents.
Littleton said that agency plans to host an even bigger event next year and they encourage anyone and everyone who may be hungry to come out and enjoy a nice dinner.
Rosedale Mayor Carey Estes was also in attendance and he said that he was very proud of the community for coming together.
"I am elated that we were able to give something back to the community — not just in Rosedale but in the entire county. By being a board member of the Bolivar County Community Action Agency, it does my heart good to see that we are doing positive things in the community with the funds that we have. It is wonderful to see the collaboration of various churches and organizations to come out and feed those individuals that are in need," said Estes.
"It is also a good thing to see people come out and help by volunteering their time because they could have very well been somewhere else but they chose to be here today. A lot of people do not understand what volunteer means — they think that everything is about a paycheck. You have to give in order to receive," he added.
Estes also said that he is especially thankful to God and the Bolivar County Action for making the dinner a success.