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GRACE CITY CHURCH PREPARED FOR THANKSGIVING

Bill Moore (left) and Brian Hall (center) work on making more mashed potatoes, as Herb Gailey (right) tackles preparing more turkey for the takeout dinners Tuesday morning at Grace City Church. The church has been organizing East Liverpool’s community feast for 19 years, switching to takeout style last year due to the pandemic. During their last in-person feast at the much larger First United Methodist Church in 2019, they served nearly a thousand people. During this year’s event, volunteers prepared fixings for 522 dinners, which were either delivered to people within the 43920 area code of East Liverpool or made available for pickup for people who reside out of the area. Pastor Lisa Smith said this year’s effort was nearly twice as big as they anticipated as word spread. “It was a real community effort,” she said, adding the local businesses like Bricker’s and KFC donated food to help with their effort in addition to individual families making donations and churches from East Liverpool, St. Clair Township and Hancock County assisting this year. (Photo by Stephanie Ujhelyi)

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