For more than 25 years, the Hancock Lions club has served up a community Christmas dinner for area residents as part of their service to the Hancock area. On Saturday. December 19, volunteers donned their aprons, hats and masks to continue that tradition in 2020 style.
This year, the club’s hot turkey dinners with sides were served in to-go containers and handed to community members through the doors and windows of vehicles.
Even though the dinner couldn’t be held, as in years past, as a sit-down meal with neighbors visiting, the Lions and Lioness clubs still served up a holiday connection.
Cooks Scott Creek, Andrea Munson and Carl Pelton kicked off their cooking around 6 a.m. at the Hancock American Legion. Eleven turkeys were roasted in all. There was stuffing and green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy dished up into each to-go container. All Lioness volunteers brought desserts, which were served in smaller separate containers.
Inside the Legion, volunteers formed an assembly line to pull together all the parts of the meal, while outside they checked their reservation lists and loaded meals – sometimes one, sometimes eight at a time – into vehicles pulled up in front of the building.
Other volunteers made deliveries of meals for those who could not get out to pick theirs up.
Lions president Toby McCarty said the club has around 18 members. Lioness Connelly said her club has 21 members. Together, the groups pulled off an unusual version of their annual dinner.
Volunteers included McCarty, Connelly, Scott Creek, Andrea Munsion, Carl Pelton, Josie Sornson, Mike Navarra, Karen Morgan, Dorothy Miller, Trudy Bowman, Buddy Dyer, Gerald Chalupka, Jane Falkler, Jeannie Ward, Karen Welch, Casey Minnick, Dorothy Miller, Carmen Gordon, Larry Gerber, Roland Morgan and members of the Berkeley Springs Lions .