The Fraternal Order of Police and Cooking for Christ groups continued their partnership by providing Thanksgiving meals to groups across the area.

The two groups provided Thanksgiving lunches (turkey, potatoes, green beans, macaroni and cheese, yeast rolls, pumpkin pies and McDonald’s Sweet Tea) to all law-enforcement, firefighters, EMS personnel and dispatchers on duty in Iredell County as well as the battered women and children’s shelter.

This started 13 years ago, said Ron Wyatt, Iredell County Register of Deeds.

The Fraternal Order of Police back then collected a few monetary donations and bought supplies so people in need could cook a Thanksgiving meal. That act of kindness grew into providing cooked meals. Then the list grew larger. Some six years ago or so, inclement weather brought in a new partner.

Cooking for Christ’s Burney Paslay needed a kitchen to help provide a place out of the elements to provide meals for families in need they were going to help that year. The two organizations helped each other. Then the idea came “more could be helped if there was a way of funding it.”

The two groups decided to cook Boston butts a day before and take donations that would then pay for the items needed for a Thanksgiving lunch for those in need. That was successful. The next year it was decided to add some law enforcement that was on duty.

This year, students from the West Iredell ROTC Program, South Iredell Baseball, South Iredell IB, Troutman Middle and Troutman Elementary volunteered to help members of the Fraternal Order of Police, Cooking for Christ and Iredell County Register of deeds Tuesday morning to begin cooking Boston butts. The volunteers cooked more than 350 of them. And the donations came in.

Many people talked about how they had been loyal followers.

Jimmy Mattingly commented that this was a great way to help others while being able to get delicious pork for his family’s enjoyment as a bonus. The student volunteers were busy Wednesday afternoon delivering them and cleaning grills so the turkeys and meals could be cooked.

In addition to the previously mentioned groups, additional meals were prepared for 34 families, and Cochran Street Bible Church hosted 80 people in the community.

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