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Local church delivers Thanksgiving meals to people at workSubmitted: 11/23/2017
Erin Beu
Erin Beu
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ebeu@wjfw.com

Local church delivers Thanksgiving meals to people at work
RHINELANDER - Many people spend Thanksgiving surrounded by friends, family and food.

But some people who work on the holiday don't get that opportunity.

Thursday morning, Grace Four Square Church in Rhinelander had volunteers lined up ready to serve up meals for people who can't be with their families for Thanksgiving.

"[The meals are for] those that are volunteering and working in our community, our elderly, our shut-ins," said Pastor Joseph Fehlen.

Fehlen says this is the tenth year volunteers have come together to help others in the community on Thanksgiving.

"We're doing 400 meals this year," said Fehlen.
About 100 volunteers pitched in to help prepare and deliver the meals.

"We have turkey, stuffing, real mashed potatoes not those flaky things, cranberries, buns and pumpkin pie," said Fehlen.

After the assembly line and food relay was complete, volunteers split up to deliver the meals throughout Rhinelander.

"I'm going to be bringing about 30 meals to the Sheriff's Department and I'm super stoked about that," said Fehlen.

Oneida County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Tyler Young spent his Thanksgiving protecting the community.
"We start early morning then go to the evening," said Young.

But eating a PB&J on Thanksgiving just doesn't cut it.
"In law enforcement a lot of times you just eat when you get the chance," said Young.

So when Young saw the hot boxed meals Fehlen delivered, he was speechless.

Young says he is thankful to work in a community where people spend their day cooking for officers, firefights and doctors.

"When the dinner is brought to you and it's hot like this, it's awful nice," said Young.

"We just wanted to just bless this community," said Fehlen.

Meals were also delivered to the county jail, dispatch, hospitals and even to people's homes.

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