Christ the Rock Church prepares to host Thanksgiving meal


GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (WBAY) – Volunteers with Christ the Rock Church are preparing to serve hundreds of people Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday.

Those meals will be served at Monarch Gardens in Grand Chute and delivered throughout the Fox Valley.

On the eve of Thanksgiving, high school kids from the Christ the Rock Church are busy preparing the Monarch Gardens Banquet hall in Grand Chute for a holiday feast where about 1,000 people will be served.

“Usually we set up the chairs and set up the tables, prepare some of the food. It’s just a really great experience being able to set everything up and then afterwards see everybody come here and use the stuff we set up for,” said Jonah Hammen of Little Chute.

For those who can’t make it to the hall, about 1,500 other meals will be delivered across the Fox Valley.

It’s an event the church has hosted for more than 25 years with the help of hundreds of volunteers.

“My passion behind an event like this is just how there’s so many people who are lonely, who feel like they don’t have a place to go on Thanksgiving. The holidays can be a really hard time for people. So what we want to do is just give hope. Give people a place to go where they know they’re invited, where they’re wanted, where they’re welcome,” said David Lenz, High School Youth Director for Christ the Rock Church.

All the food is donated, and reservations aren’t necessary.

Eli Creel of Appleton said, “I’ve spent every Thanksgiving in a home with my family with lots of food, and a lot of people don’t even get to spend one. So yeah, it’s really special. I get to come here Wednesday nights and come back with my family tomorrow morning to help out.”

For those eating in, the meal will be served here on Thanksgiving day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Anyone needing a delivery should call Monarch Gardens.