Bobbie Brown and her daughters cooked eight turkeys with all the trimmings to feed on Tuesday some 200 people who get help from state social services and disability agencies.
Brown has been doing it for 27 years, but this was the first year granddaughter Jordan Stanfield and nephew Joshua Brown joined in to serve.
“It’s just the right thing to do,” Joshua Brown said.
Bobbie Brown says the highlight of the event for her is sitting back and watching everyone enjoy the meal.
“That’s a high you just can’t get from nothin’ else,” she said. “It’s all in love, and it’s all a joy.”
Brown and her family have fed clients of the Chester offices of the state Department of Social Services and state Department of Disabilities and Special Needs on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving for decades.
At first, Brown and her family had a couple of hams and turkeys, but the meal served at Cedar Grove Baptist Church on Saluda Road just north of Chester has grown into a full meal for several dozen people who live in group homes or other places that serve the elderly and disabled.
Brown and her family – two of her daughters are supervisors at DSS who assist disabled clients all year round – plan all year to make this meal special.
In recent years, volunteers from DSS, the church, and the community have pitched in with donations and labor to make the meal a tradition in Chester County.