Williams Chapel AME Church always plans for a crowd for Thanksgiving dinner.
Last year they planned for 400, but graciously served 600 people. A bigger crowd was expected for Wednesday’s lunch.
With the help of two Orangeburg law firms – Williams & Williams and Lanier & Burroughs – soup kitchen volunteers baked 25 donated turkeys to feed Orangeburg residents at the annual Thanksgiving dinner.
Charlie Williams, of Williams & Williams, said he and other attorneys are grateful for the opportunity to help the community.
After donating 25 turkeys to Williams Chapel, they gave away 250 additional turkeys to Orangeburg-area residents on Monday.
Bennie Brown, supervisor of the soup kitchen at the church, said the annual Thanksgiving dinner is growing each year.
Each week, the soup kitchen provides meals for hundreds of individuals.
Brown said last year the soup kitchen provided 15,000 meals to Orangeburg-area residents.
There are 24 people, some from Williams Chapel and others from other area churches, who volunteer with the soup kitchen each week and for the annual Thanksgiving dinner.