HERMON – For the eleventh year, the Lynde Lodge hosted its annual Thanksgiving dinner.
“This is all a reflection of all the brothers and families that just take pride in being masons and doing what is right,” said Rick Sprenge, secretary of the Lynde Lodge. “Paying it forward. Having a smile and making sure that nobody goes without.”
The group usually hosts a big sit-down dinner inside its facility, but changes were made this year due to COVID-19.
“This year with the virus and everything going on, we’re doing curbside, and we’re very busy,” said Audie Gould, treasurer of the Lynde Lodge.
“We’ve got the production line all set up with people in the kitchen cooking, people behind the line serving, people in front of the line making the orders, the baggers getting ready to take out,” Sprenge said. “We’ve got the crew outside in the rain directing the cars, taking the orders how many they need.”
Each bag was filled with a variety of Thanksgiving foods.
“We’ve got pumpkin pie, rolls, cranberry sauce, just the extras will call it for the Thanksgiving meal,” Sprenge said. “Then in the containers, we’ve got the turkey breast, stuffing, mashed potatoes, peas, carrots and gravy.”
They said the event has grown from serving about 85 people the first year to over 400 last year, and they planned for more than 500 people this year, but one piece was missing.
“It was a community thing,” Gould said. “People that came in just for the socialization and being with, sitting with their neighbors and have a Thanksgiving dinner.”
Sprenge said despite the change this year, they knew they wanted to do what they could to help the community.
“You could talk about it all day long, but actions speak an awful lot louder than words, and that’s just what we want to do,” Sprenge said.