More than 60 volunteers joined with members of the Knights of Columbus of St. Joseph on Saturday morning to help prepare more than 600 meals that would be delivered to community members for Christmas dinner.
Grand Knight Gene Roberts said the event is an important tradition at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Marshall, a tradition that was started over a decade ago by Father Denzil.
“When Trinity started her Thanksgiving dinner we started to get involved,” said Roberts, “Father Denzil was no slouch.
Over the years the event has only grown, with former Grand Knight Lloyd Curry saying the group was nationally recognized for their efforts a few years ago.
“It’s been really great, and we’ve kept it going all these years,” Curry said.
Roberts said the continued momentum of the event is no accident, but that it is largely due to the efforts of Bishop Zach Kunnakkattuthara.
“Zach really stepped up and he kept the momentum going,” said Robert.
This year, the group has prepared food for more than 600 meals, of which 375 have been donated to Harrison County Jail and another 250 delivered to those in the community in need.
Roberts said meals are delivered along the local Meals on Wheels route each year, with a number of community members added to the list upon request.
This year’s meals consisted of ham, sweet potatoes, corn, green beans, rolls and desserts. Desserts were provided by Trinity Episcopal Church, which works in conjunction with St. Joseph’s to host Christmas dinner, as well as a Thanksgiving dinner each year.
“We have people of all faiths here, everyone comes together to join in and help out on Christmas,” said Roberts, “It’s very special.”