Updated: November 26, 2019 07:06 PM
Created: November 26, 2019 06:27 PM
GLOVERSVILLE -- A community Thanksgiving meal in Gloversville, a longtime annual tradition, served more than 1200 people last year.
When the Twin Cities Council of Churches recently canceled this year's dinner, Tanyalynette Grimes, the head of Micropolis Restoration, knew she had to do something.
"That there had to be some way for me to rally troops together, get people to come together, because it is such a need in our community," said Grimes. "1200 people represents almost ten percent of our city population."
This story was first reported by the Leader Herald.
Grimes' Micropolis is sponsoring the food for the new Adirondack Festival of Hope this Thanksgiving, and the Cerasia family of Plaza's Italian Bistro will prepare it.
"We're starting the prep," said Matt Cerasia. "The main cooking, me and my father are going to come in early the day of and get everything, try to get as much as we can before the crowd shows up. And we're really excited."
The Thanksgiving celebration at the restaurant is free and open to everyone. They're expecting to serve more than 1500 people.
They set up a website, www.adkfestivalofhope.com for donations, volunteers, or to sign up for a meal.
"The majority of the phone calls I receive are for deliveries for people that can't leave their apartments or they need assisted living help and aides to kind of help them," said Micropolis' Brad Teetz. "And just talking to these people on the phone has really opened my eyes to what people actually experience on these holidays."
They still need some volunteers for the later afternoon for everything from serving, to making deliveries, to directing traffic at the restaurant.
Grimes says her goal is to serve so many people, they almost run out of food.
Thanksgiving dinner seating times: 11:30am, 2pm, 3:30pm, 5pm.
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