New Boston churches join to host free meal

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By Heather Russell
Staff Reporter

The churches of the New Boston area are coming together for a community-wide Thanksgiving Feast on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Trail Head Park in downtown New Boston.  
The event is called The Church Loves New Boston, and the meal, which is free to the public, begins at noon and will last until the food runs out.  On the menu is ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, bread, dessert, and tea. 
All of the food will be provided and served by members of New Boston area churches, with the exception of a couple of donations from area businesses.  
Local businessman Bill Froelich, owner of Cowboy Guns in downtown New Boston, said he heard about the event from a member of the New Boston Chamber of Commerce, and though he was not asked to do so, felt the need to donate the hams for Saturday’s meal.  “This is our community and I think everyone should be helping each other,” said Froelich.
New Boston Chamber of Commerce Member and Dairy Queen Area Director Lorie Williams McCullough also feels like The Church Loves New Boston’s event will be beneficial to the community.  Her restaurants are donating the paper goods for the feed. 
 “At Dairy Queen, we are always behind our community one hundred percent,” she said.  
The meal is the brainchild of First Baptist Church Pastor Patrick Hunter.  “I just had a desire for the churches in our area to work together for the good of the community,” said Hunter.  “So we had a meeting of area pastors, and this was the result.”
Hunter also said you don’t have to be a member of a church to partake in the meal.  “This is for everyone,” he explained.  “It’s not just for church members, it’s for the entire New Boston area.  You don’t have to be affiliated with a certain church - or any church to join us.”
Hunter says they hope to feed around 500 people.  Meals will be served in containers that will allow them to be enjoyed there at the park, or taken to-go. 

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