Church group lends hand to feed needy Salvation Army seeks help in Anne Arundel to serve holiday meals

November 19, 1998|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Pete Stroup and Kay Klovestad spent Wednesday morning cooking together, poring over a sauerkraut recipe handed down through their family.

But the mother-and-daughter team was not getting a head start on their Thanksgiving dinner. Yesterday, they carried the huge stainless steel pot filled with shredded cabbage carefully seasoned with bacon, brown sugar and kielbasa to the Salvation Army Glen Burnie Center where they shared it with dozens of hungry men and women.

"It's hard for me to give just a little bit," said Stroup, one of a group from Pasadena United Methodist Church that serves lunch monthly. "I just always want to give a whole gob."

Volunteering can be work, but for many, such as the group from Pasadena, it is also a social occasion.

"The team that we've been working with has been with us most of the 11 years," said Pat Heilman, a member of the church group who set up the volunteer program. "It's just something we've started, and we didn't want to stop. We have fun."

While many area charities need food, clothing and money during the holiday season to help working families make ends meet, the Salvation Army needs helping hands.

The center serves lunch at its community center on Crain vTC Highway and Fifth Avenue every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Next week, it will also serve a Thanksgiving Day dinner from noon to 3 p.m. at Glen Burnie United Methodist Church in Glen Burnie and distribute turkey meals to shut-ins.

The Salvation Army needs volunteers weekdays and for the Thanksgiving dinner as waiters and waitresses, to prepare plates and to donate food.

"We try to provide dinner for the area but also add dignity to it so they don't feel like they're taking a handout," said Lt. Robert Daniels, commanding officer of the Glen Burnie center. "If we do baskets, someone is up for six hours and can't enjoy the time with their family. This way, we fix all the food and [the whole family] can enjoy the meal."

Yesterday, the Pasadena church group set up shop in the makeshift kitchen on the second floor of the former bank building that is the Salvation Army community center and got to work.

Rudy Stump stayed by the refrigerator filling plastic cups with coffee and iced tea. Heilman, Stroup and Margaret Kaylor

passed thick paper plates from hand to hand filling them with turkey, stuffing, dressing, potatoes, gravy, green beans and a roll.

Ruth Austin worked the tables of hungry men and women taking orders -- "Do you want your plate with or without sauerkraut?" -- while Klovestad provided side dishes: "Would you like cranberry sauce? Apple pie, pumpkin pie or chocolate pudding?"

In between, they bumped elbows, mixed orders, spilled gravy and crunched toes, but always with a smile.

When they finished feeding 32 people, the group sat down together and ate, sharing their own home cooking and family stories and swapping recipes.

"I love to help people," Austin said.

Most charities in the county are asking for nonperishable foods, winter clothing, trial-size toiletries, personal hygiene items and money. The Anne Arundel County Food Bank sends items to nearly every church and community group that feeds and clothes the needy. The food bank also accepts furniture and is looking for cribs. Information: 923-4255.

Pub Date: 11/19/98

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