This Thanksgiving turned out to be an opportunity for a local couple to fulfill a wish they held dear.

The Berkshire Eagle  reports at the First Congregational Church on Park Street, folks were welcome to stop in and have a Thanksgiving feast for free, thanks to the inception and planning of the event by Brian and Ann Grande.


The Grandes funded the entire operation, including buying the food.

They were at the church kitchen Wednesday morning with some of the volunteers doing the prep work, and back again early Thursday to cook the six turkeys, four hams, 100 pounds of mashed potatoes, 50 pounds of stuffing, and 40 pounds of vegetables.

Parishioners also cooked up 20 pies and five loaves of freshly baked bread, and brought them in for the feast.

Brian Grande said that he was a cook in the Navy and enjoyed the work. He also once cooked for Meals on Wheels. Lately, he and his wife have been trying to come up with a plan for a free Thanksgiving dinner.


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