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Hudson churches, volunteers serve a Thanksgiving feast

Jamie Johnson, right, visits with a guest while helping serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal in the basement of Bethel Lutheran Church on Thursday evening, Nov. 19. Johnson is the president of the Hudson Board of Education and a member of the Hudson Daybreak Rotary, which provided wait staff for the dinner. (Hudson Star-Observer photos by Randy Hanson)1 / 10
Pete Foster brings a Thanksgiving meal to a guest. This was the 10th year that Foster, the owner of Barker’s Bar & Grill and San Pedro Café, has provided the roasted turkey, stuffing and gravy for the HOME Thanksgiving feast.2 / 10
Pete Foster brings a Thanksgiving meal to a guest. This was the 10th year that Foster, the owner of Barker’s Bar & Grill and San Pedro Café, has provided the roasted turkey, stuffing and gravy for the HOME Thanksgiving feast.3 / 10
Lillian Hradnansky is ready to enjoy her traditional Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberries, corn and more.4 / 10
About 150 guests enjoyed the Thanksgiving dinner Thursday evening, Nov. 19, provided by Hudson Outreach Meals for Everyone. Nine Hudson churches are part of the group that offer free meals the first and third Thursday of the month in the basement of Bethel Lutheran Church, 920 Third St.5 / 10
Becky Swanson tops a guest’s slice of pie with whipped cream.6 / 10
Mark Gherty brings another tray of stuffing to the serving table. Gherty rounded up fellow members of the Hudson Daybreak Rotary to serve as wait staff and dishwashers for the dinner.7 / 10
Kathy Long plays dinner music.8 / 10
Margaret Christensen serves a helping of corn.9 / 10
The dessert rack is well-supplied with an assortment of pie slices. Each of the nine Hudson churches that support the HOME meals provided three pies for the special Thanksgiving feast.10 / 10

Hudson Outreach Meals for Everyone served its annual Thanksgiving feast Thursday evening, Nov. 19.

Pete and Laura Foster, owners of Barker’s Bar & Grill and San Pedro Café, provided the roast turkey, stuffing and gravy -- as they have done for each of feasts over the past 10 years.

Chuck Lewis supervised the preparation of the rest of the dinner assisted by his wife, Helen, and Bob Schultz, Joanne Campbell and Greta Schaffer.

Mark Gherty rounded up fellow members of the Hudson Daybreak Rotary to serve as wait staff and the clean-up crew.

According to Ruth Lewis, 149 people signed the guest list, but that didn’t include many of the volunteers who helped put on the dinner.

Hudson Outreach Meals for Everyone are sponsored by nine Hudson churches that provide the money to purchase groceries and the volunteers to prepare and serve the food. The churches are: Bethel Lutheran, Beth Immanuel, Faith Community, HillCity, Mount Zion Lutheran, St. Patrick Catholic, St. Paul’s Episcopal and Trinity Lutheran.

The meals are served the first and third Thursdays of the month at 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. in the basement dining hall of Bethel Lutheran Church, 920 Third St.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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