SACO (WGME) – A free meal and great representation from the Saco community Thursday as local Knights of Columbus volunteers hosted a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
“We serve a meal to about 900 people,” said one of the organizers, Mike Bolduc.
It’s a number that has increased every year since they first offered this meal 24 years ago.
Hundreds of people filled the halls of the Church of the Most Holy Trinity.
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“When this started 24 years ago, it was basically about putting on a Thanksgiving meal for the truly needy. So it grew and grew and grew to where anyone can have a meal,” Bolduc said. “A lot of older people who would probably be home alone. »
Thursday noon, approximately 200 volunteers of all ages were busy preparing and serving this dinner.
Amélia Dubois celebrates her ninth birthday by volunteering with her family.
“I volunteered last year and it was super fun. So, I wanted to come back this year,” she said. “It’s really nice to be able to help.”
Volunteers also take this meal on the road.
Last year they provided food to asylum seekers in hotels.
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This year, they are helping feed unhoused people living in a homeless encampment in Biddeford.
“We got a call from this young lady who works for Sweetser’s. Mike, I need help,” Bolduc said. “A few of us visited the Knights of Columbus encampment. I’ve looked at these people, what’s going on, I’ve talked to a few of them and for Thanksgiving, it’s the least we can do. .”
The Knights of Columbus delivered about 40 meals to people living in an encampment at Mechanics Park on Thursday.
After focusing their attention on asylum seekers, then on people without housing, Bolduc says he is ready to offer a hot meal to anyone in his community who needs one.
“Something is happening in our society and we are adapting to it. That’s all, we adapt to it. And if it continues to grow, we will do our best,” Bolduc said.