New York couple organizes a community Thanksgiving feast

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For five years Dave and Ella Blixt have put on a Thanksgiving feast for their neighbors at the Three Steeples United Methodist Church in Champlain.

“There are a lot of people that are shut-ins or elderly… So there is a need for it,” said Ella.

Along with a few extra hands to help, Dave and Ella serve nearly a hundred meals.

Dave said, “She does part of the cooking and I do what I have to do and we all come together right at the end… It’s teamwork.”

The dinner has become a tradition for folks like Catherine Gooley of Champlain.

“I hadn’t really have anybody call me or invite me anywhere because I live by myself, my brothers and sisters are all far away so I started coming and I started coming every year to help out a little bit,” said Gooley.

The group of volunteers also delivers meals to local fire departments and senior centers. Gooley says not only is the food good, but the company is even better.

Gooley said, “The people that take the take-outs are missing out on all the fellowship that goes on around here… And they have a great dinner.”

Dave and Ella plan to be back next year and call it a rewarding experience, “I think seeing how grateful the people are for it… It kind of brings us joy.”

Dave and Ella say the dinner wouldn’t be possible without various local donations.

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