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Hundreds Fed at Free Holy Rosary Thanksgiving Feast – Detroit Lakes Tribune

The gymnasium at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes was packed.

With eight long pull-out tables crammed along the hardwood floor, a ninth table has been set up to accommodate the overflow of Thanksgiving meal seekers.

After only offering take-out and delivery last year due to the ongoing pandemic, Father Chuck Huck, pastor of Holy Rosary, said he was happy to see the community come together in fellowship.

“I think it’s not just family and friends, but we have a lot of people here that I’ve never met before,” Huck said. “And it’s this opportunity to get to know this slightly richer Detroit Lakes community and the variety of people that we have, phenomenal.”

Residents line up and dine during Thanksgiving dinner at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Nov. 25, 2021. (Michael Achterling/Detroit Lakes Tribune)

Huck said he enjoyed being “a social butterfly” during the event as he moved from table to table, greeting each of the community members individually.

Thanksgiving is also a time to express gratitude for what we are grateful for, he said.

“As we celebrated Mass earlier this morning, and I told people, I am impressed and grateful for the volunteer effort in this community,” Huck said. “But the reality is that people love people here, and they’re interconnected, and no matter what denomination, we’re interconnected. I love that.”

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Volunteers smile for a group photo while serving Thanksgiving dinner at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Nov. 25, 2021. (Michael Achterling/Detroit Lakes Tribune)

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Emily Senske, right, 12, of Detroit Lakes, serves coffee during Thanksgiving dinner at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Nov. 25, 2021. (Michael Achterling/Detroit Lakes Tribune)

Matt Brenk, mayor of Detroit Lakes and event coordinator for the Thanksgiving holiday, said he didn’t know what to expect this year because last year there was only food to eat. to take with.

“DL is such a beautiful city and it’s a good event,” he said.

Brenk said he has ordered enough food for more than 500 meals and, although the meals are provided free of charge, recipients have been very generous with their donations this year and in the past, which usually cover the cost of the party with a little left over for the church community fund.

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Matt Brenk, mayor of Detroit Lakes and Thanksgiving event coordinator, loads a dessert cart with ice cream during Thanksgiving dinner at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Nov. 25, 2021. (Michael Achterling/Detroit Lakes Tribune )

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Carlene Bridgeman, left, and John Vaida, both of Detroit Lakes, move mashed potatoes from a blender container to a serving roaster during Thanksgiving dinner at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on November 25, 2021 (Michael Achterling/Detroit Lakes Tribune)

He added that every party would not be possible without the tireless community volunteers who cooked, served and delivered the meals, which is part of why this party has such an impact in the area.