To the editor:

The 16th annual 7th Street Feast on Thanksgiving Day provided 1,829 free meals – 875 meals delivered from St. Joseph Catholic Church’s kitchen and 954 served at St. Paul Lutheran Church and the school’s gymnasium.

A heartfelt “thanks” for donations from the people, churches (Bethel AME, St. Paul Episcopal, Sacred Heart, First Presbyterian, Trinity United Methodist and Pilgrim Community), organizations and businesses. Cereal Ingredients continued providing delicious muffins for all. Greenamyre Rentals, Geiger Ready-Mix, Country Club Bank, Frontier Community Credit Union and the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office provided significant financial support. For the 16th straight year, Veterans’ Cab provided free rides for those in need.

More than 300 heroes volunteered for the hard work. They invested hundreds of hours in meal preparation, serving, delivery and clean up. Thanks to Mike for unraveling delivery mysteries, Stephanie for making the St. Joseph delivery kitchen work, Elaine and Glenda for making the take-out go, and Carolyn for keeping the St. Paul kitchen spotless.

Volunteers came from the community, churches, chapels and Fort Leavenworth. The Leavenworth High School National Honor Society and JROTC met our drink needs while Delta Theta Sorority’s Delta GEMS and Delta Academy showed us how to serve.

It was a community event emphasizing the importance of volunteer service and reminding us of Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 25, “… whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”