DENMARK, Wis. (WBAY) – Several churches in Denmark worked together to hold their fourth annual ecumenical Thanksgiving meal Thursday.
“Just about everyone celebrates Thanksgiving and we aim to make it a happy day for people in the Denmark area,” organizer Jean Schleis says. “We’ve invited all the people in the community of Denmark plus the surrounding area that are alone for whatever reason today, if they’re unable to prepare a meal for their family.”
The number of families they feed keeps growing each year.
More children seem to be taking part every year as well.
“We’re very surprised every year at the number of people who are coming in,” Schleis said.
“I didn’t really feel like coming here today and my mom made me,” Jaron Hendricks, an 11-year-old volunteer from De Pere, said. “I was like, I wasn’t really happy about it, but then once I came here and I started helping out, I felt really good about myself.”
“I feel good that I can help somebody,” 9-year-old volunteer Jack Wall of Denmark said.
“It’s great to have the children. Every year we have more coming to join us. They’re learning that the world’s not all about ‘me’ and I don’t always have to be number,” Sister Geraldine said.
Four years ago the churches made enough meals to serve 80 people. This Thanksgiving they fed more than 250.
“Really been inspiring to see,” Schleis said, “you know, people that enjoy the meal and the family atmosphere that we’ve created.”