On Saturday, Nov. 18, Battle Mountain church groups came together to give back to the community. A traditional Thanksgiving dinner was offered free of charge to anyone who entered the Battle Mountain Civic Center. The annual event is in its seventh straight year.
The Hilltop Baptist, United Methodist, St. John Bosco Catholic, FourSquare Church, Calvary Chapel and New Beginnings Fellowship all came together to enjoy a gathering of kind people thankful for a hot meal. The friendly environment provided old and new friends an opportunity to share a Thanksgiving celebration together.
“This has been a regular event for many years now, and it is something for the community to come to enjoy, eat and be together. It is sponsored by the churches in town and helps bring everyone together,” stated event coordinator Judith Donaldson.
“The dinner is completely free and most of the time people will sit in church groups,” she said.
Donaldson noted that the event usually hosts from 150 to over 300 people, but this year they had fewer than average in attendance. “This time there are not as many church groups, and we noticed that with most of the town returning from the football game in Winnemucca, we had fewer people here,” explained Donaldson.
The dinner crew consisted of volunteers, who served over a hundred people. It was a traditional Thanksgiving meal with turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, a roll and a variety of different pies. The collaboration between the various denominations in Battle Mountain provided an evening of relaxation and great conversation.