Jessica Dow of Oxford wanted to teach her three sons that it is good to help other people, so the family volunteered to serve Thanksgiving dinner at St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Norway.
The free meal, served to about 115 people in the church basement and delivered to others who could not get there, has been a staple of the community for 40 years, giving those who are homeless or without family on Thanksgiving a hot meal and a warm, friendly place to share it.
Dow didn’t have to push her sons to join the activities.
“It’s fun,” said her son Ethan, 8. “I like helping. It makes me happy.”
“It’s great to help other people,” said Logan, 16, another of Dow’s sons, as he carried a tray of pumpkin pie slices to the room of chattering diners. He also can use the community service for credit at Gardiner Area High School, which he attends.