A Thanksgiving dinner tradition cancelled this year in Pittsburg

Church Cancels Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

PITTSBURG, Kan. – A tradition that would normally bring in hundreds won’t bring in any this year.

“Just for the safety of guests, the safety of whom it would be delivered, the safety of volunteers,” says Tom Wehrman, Pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Pittsburg.

St. John Lutheran has been hosting and serving a community dinner on Thanksgiving since the 80’s, and normally would see hundreds of guests. But because of the pandemic and rising COVID-19 cases in the community, the Pittsburg Community Thanksgiving Dinner Committee has decided to cancel the event.

“We like to have people come in and be here and be together and have that opportunity to visit. But we’re just not able to do that, and especially in any way to maintain any social distancing,” explains Wehrman.

Wehrman says that volunteers were also a consideration… the people spending around a month getting food ready for the big crowd.

“You know, to put meals together or to cook or things like that, you’re just too much in close proximity,” says Wehrman.

And while the event’s main purpose is to bring people together, it did fill a need for those less fortunate. Something that Wehrman is confident others will be able to fill.

“We’re glad that they are here and provide another place for those in the Pittsburg area who maybe have difficulty making ends meet.”

For a list of community thanksgiving dinners in your area, click here: https://www.koamnewsnow.com/free-community-meals-for-thanksgiving-2020/