(Nov. 20, 2020) Ocean City Baptist Church will again provide its annual Thanksgiving dinner this year, but all meals will be served for carryout because of covid-19.
“This year especially, people need a sense of community,” Pastor Sean Davis said. “It’s not just about feeding people. For us, it’s a sense of community and normalcy. What society needs right now is togetherness.”
The church, located at 102 North Division Street in downtown Ocean City, next to the 7-11, will offer the free dinner for pickup from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Davis said anyone looking for a homecooked meal this Thanksgiving Day is invited to 41st annual dinner.
Church and community members as well as some restaurants will cook the dinner, which includes turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, string beans and dessert. Leading the group will again be chef Paul DeHuarte Sr. of Ristorante Antipasti.
Call Ocean City Baptist Church for information at 410-289-4054. Dinner will also be delivered to shut-ins. Those who would like a meal delivered should call the church to request one by Nov. 24.
Volunteers will also be delivering dinner to first responders and others working that day including Ocean City Police Department, Ocean City Fire Department, Ocean City Coast Guard Station and Public Works Department.
Davis said last year 631 dinners were served. A total of 218 meals were provided to guests dining at the church, 238 dinners were taken out and 175 were delivered.
Davis said he is anticipating to prepare 500-600 dinners this year.
Donations are always accepted. While the food is taken care of, monetary donations will be used to purchase to-go containers, bottled drinks and cutlery.
Davis’ father, Terry, a pastor of the church for 31 years, came up with the idea for the dinner, because “nobody should be alone on Thanksgiving,” Sean said.
Sean Davis grew up at the church and became the pastor in 2010. He wanted to keep the Thanksgiving tradition going after his father retired.
Typically, there are at least 75 volunteers helping out that day. But this year, because of covid-19 restrictions, there is a limit of only 10 people inside the church to prepare the platters for carryout.
“It will make it more difficult on our core group, but it’s worth it,” Davis said. “Some come every year to volunteer that aren’t members of the church. We’re going to miss them this year.”
Anyone interested in volunteering to deliver meals should call the church.