De Soto Multi-Service Center Thanksgiving meals build course by course
In a reversal of the normal trend Monday, food was coming into the De Soto Multi-Service Center.
That was a good thing, said the center’s director Jodi Hancock. The flow will soon resume its routine course at a more than the normal rate with the center’s commitment to provide Thanksgiving dinners to 163 households.
National Honor Societies from De Soto and Mill Valley high schools will start the process by serving home-delivered meals to shut-ins this week, center director Jodi Hitchcock said.
Stocking the center with one course Monday for the traditional Thanksgiving meal was Breanna and Ryan Wiebe, assistant principal of Lexington Trails Middle School. The couple brought in 150 boxes of mashed potato mixes collected by the Life Study Class of Westside Family Church at 83rd Street and Kansas Highway 7.
“I asked what was needed and she (Hitchcock) said mashed potatoes,” said Brenna, a former teacher at Starside Elementary Church.
The boxes the Wiebes brought to the center were placed beside 335 boxes of stuffing members of the De Soto United Methodist Church collected for the Thanksgiving dinners.
“We did this once before, and it worked well,” said Kyle Ann Payne, who led the congregation’s collection drive. “Jodi asked us for 300. It’s a lot easier when you have a specific item and a goal rather than just collecting food.”
Contributing to the drive gave donors the satisfaction of enjoying their Thanksgiving with the knowledge those less fortunate were enjoying a traditional meal, too, Payne said.
Payne said she got the task of leading the drive because her late mother-in-law Mary Payne was the church’s liaison with the Multi-Service Center. That background gives her insight on what is needed next.
“We do a lot of work with the center for Thanksgiving and Christmas,” she said. “We do a lot with the Adopt a Family Program. That’s coming up next.”
Turkeys, the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving dinner, was bought with donated cash, including a large donation from the De Soto Rotary Club, Hitchcock said.