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Westport’s Saugatuck Church Gears Up For Thanksgiving Feast

These are some of the turkeys to be served at Thursday's Thanksgiving Feast in Westport. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari
Dozens of donated breads and other baked goods to be served in Thursday's Thanksgiving Feast are stored inside the kitchen at Christ & Holy Trinity. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari

WESTPORT, Conn. – More than 800 pounds of vegetables, 40 turkeys and 80 pies are on the menu for this year’s Thanksgiving Feast hosted by Westport's Saugatuck Congregational Church.

With many in Westport and the surrounding towns still recovering from Hurricane Sandy’s powerful blow, this year’s feast — the 42nd annual event — is expected to draw more than 300 people, said Randy Christophersen, chairman of the event.

“The feast is and has always been open to all. But this year, we’ve especially been reaching out to those in Westport and beyond who were displaced by Hurricane Sandy,” Christophersen said Tuesday. “We’ve also encouraged members of the Westport police, fire and public works departments to stop by for a meal.”

This year’s feast, like last year's event, will be held at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, because Saugatuck Congregational Church is still recovering from last year’s pre-Thanksgiving fire. It may be another two years before the feast returns to its home, said John Walsh, chairman of the church’s Board of Trustees.

Although devastating, the fire generated a lot of awareness for the feast, Christophersen said. As a result, volunteerism is up, he said.

“We’ve had a greater response this year by way of volunteerism than in the past,” Christophersen said. “I have about 130 volunteers signed up so far, which is great.”

In addition, Christophersen said four other congregations in town are participating: Temple Israel, Greens Farm Congregational Church, host Christ & Holy Trinity and Assumption Church.

Most important, the feast could not happen without donations, including ones from Stop & Shop, Stew Leonard’s, Brit-Air, Newman’s Own, Gault, Oscar’s Deli and First County Bank. On top of that, he said a flood of food donations, such as pies and breads, were made by residents. Students from Coleytown Elementary School also contributed by making table centerpieces and Thanksgiving cards, he added.

“It’s really become such a community event,” Christophersen said.

The feast is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christ & Holy Trinity is located at 75 Church Lane.

Transportation to and from the feast can be arranged, and meals can also be delivered, Christophersen said. To schedule a delivery, or a ride to and from the feast, call the church at 203-227-1261.

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