ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) – Rockfords Court Street United Methodist Church held its 40th annual Thanksgiving dinner.
The line was more than a block long. A tradition for some, a new venture for others.
Savannah Stickling said, “I’m my only family member in Rockford … I have two parents in two different states.”
Stickling and hundreds of others came to church to eat. “It means a lot to me because I have no other source for it, so I come here.”
About 800 people get a Thanksgiving meal each year, including Savannah’s friend Robert Voross. “It’s a nice place, especially for people who don’t have anyone today – it’s good.”
Pastor Calvin Culpepper said, “I feel wonderful. You can believe in humanity for a change, with all the hatred and the damage and the shooting and the negatives that we see. “
About 100 church volunteers helped prepare the turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetables, dressing, and 175 pies.
Court Street United Methodist Church is located at 215 North Court Street, Rockford.