Bulletin Staff Report

More than 130 volunteers served 1,976 meals to friends and family in Brownwood Thursday at the 24th annual Community Thanksgiving Feast, and the success of the event left its coordinator expressing thanks of his own.

“Howard Payne University’s Mabee Center was filled, as 560 guests enjoyed the traditional Thanksgiving meal prepared by the university’s Sodexho Food Service,” Bill Fishback, coordinator of the event for the past 15 years, said Thursday afternoon.

“We have the best university food service anywhere, and Don Green and his staff did another outstanding job preparing the food for our friends and neighbors. And then, many of them go home and do the same thing for their own families.”

Fishback said the event was very festive.

“It’s great fun to see so many people visiting, hugging and laughing, whether they were standing in line with their family to get meals to deliver or gathered at a table enjoying being together for Thanksgiving.”

Meanwhile, 1,416 meals were delivered by volunteers or taken by friends to homes in the area, Fishback said.

“I have never seen so much pumpkin pie in my life and each piece was served with a big smile,” said one guest enjoying the meal with her family.

Guests were greeted by members of the Pecan Valley Detachment of the Marine Corps League as they entered the Mabee Center cafeteria, where volunteers in four serving lines filled plates for over two hours.