Upcoming Thanksgiving closures, community meals

by Staff reports

As Thanksgiving approaches, a number of entities have announced holiday closures, while others are inviting Cherokee County residents to join them for a community meal.

The Cherokeean Herald, along with banking and financial institutions throughout the country, will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24.

Those posting closures for Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23-24, include: All U.S. Post offices, Cherokee County government offices and municipal offices in Jacksonville, Troup, New Summerfield, Reklaw, Wells and Rusk. Additionally, government offices in Alto also will be closed at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 23, while Cuney city offices are closed all of Nov. 23.

Meanwhile, all public schools within the county will have week of Nov. 21-25 off for Thanksgiving break. Wells ISD also will have a half-day of classes on Thursday, Nov. 17, then be off Friday, Nov. 18 as well.

Food and fellowship

A free holiday dinner will be served in several communities during upcoming days, with hosts inviting the community to enjoy food and fellowship.

Reklaw, Nov. 19 – A community Thanksgiving potluck begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Reklaw Community Center, 530 Nacogdoches St. Attendees are asked to share a favorite dish, as well as bring along non-perishable food items to donate to the local pantry.

Wells, Nov. 20. Calvary Baptist Church and Falvey Methodist Church will co-host a 6 p.m. Thanksgiving celebration and dinner at the Baptist church, located at 37 Warner Rd. in Wells.

Rusk, Nov. 20. An annual Rusk community Thanksgiving service is planned for Sunday, Nov. 20, at the First Baptist Church, 372 E. 4th St., at 6:30 p.m. The service features various ministers, with Bro. Brian Givens of First Baptist Church bringing the evening message. An offering will be taken up for the Rusk Ministerial Alliance, which coordinates the annual event, and is followed by a reception.

Rusk, Nov. 26. The Rusk KOA Holiday will host a community Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 745 FM 343 East in Rusk, time to be announced. Visitors are asked to bring a favorite side dish or dessert. To learn more, call 603-683-6641.

In other news, Peoples Church of Jacksonville hosts an annual Thanksgiving basket outreach, collecting funds to fill holiday food baskets that include turkey or chicken, sides, deserts and a Bible/devotional to local families in need. This year, 60 families will receive baskets, which will be distributed Nov. 19 at the Clothes Closet & More, whom they partner with. Donations taken annually can be made online at the church website. www.peopleschurchtx.org.