By Beacon Staff
No one knows exactly when Danville volunteers started putting together Thanksgiving food boxes for struggling families.
Annette Worthy knows it’s been at least 10 years. She and her husband Duane Worthy, both of Danville, have been helping out for at least that long. Dianna Klaus, who heads up the operation every year, said it might have been even longer.
“We are a well-oiled machine,” Klaus said.
That machine chugged to life in local grocery stores earlier this month. Annette Worthy usually does all the shopping herself, but was unable to make it out this year due to a hospital stay.
So she commissioned a couple of other members who had to deal with annoying but never catastrophic food shortages.
The biggest crisis was a shortage of turkey gravy, which required an emergency phone call to Worthy in the hospital. Since the committee was already considering changing to hams this year, disaster was averted.
On Sunday evening, members of the committee gathered for an annual Thanksgiving church service at First Baptist Church. The service is rotated around to each of the five churches every year.
“We just wanted to help people who needed it,” Klaus said.