By Abby Gibbs
We have arrived… the week before Thanksgiving. School holidays and time away from work, grocery lists to fill and homes to clean. Cooking, baking and warm fires to enjoy with those we love.
But wait, if you’re a first responder serving with the police, fire department, EMS or the medical field how does Thanksgiving look for you?
Well, the students of First Baptist Church of Mauldin Christian Academy decided this is a time they could make a difference and offer to serve others as our First Responders do every day of the year, holidays included.
Invitations were sent to the Mauldin Fire Department, Mauldin Police Department, staff leadership of the City of Mauldin, and City Council to join the students of FBCM/ MCA on Friday, November 17 for a drop-in at their convenience for a traditional Thanksgiving lunch.
The students and teachers had decorated the Fellowship Hall in the festive look of Thanksgiving and had everything set to serve water and tea as the first responders and Mauldin staff members were able to come by and enjoy some time away from their day and a good meal!
Plates were served with delicious turkey and ham and dressing with gravy. No Thanksgiving lunch is complete without mac-n-cheese, green beans, yams and yummy dessert. The Food Service Director, Janice Johnson, led the preparations along with other volunteers in cooking and getting everything ready to serve plates by the Elementary students (Grades 1-5).
Firetrucks and police cars were seen parked in the parking lot of FBCM as the first responders were able to take their lunch breaks and stop by to enjoy the meal AND the sweet service offered to them by the students and staff.
The students from the elementary school were ready by helping serve the lunch as the guests were being seated and bringing the tea or water to the table for them as an opportunity to learn the value of serving others in our Community AND to say a personal thank you to each guest for all they do to keep our Mauldin community safe.
A Special time was enjoyed chatting and meeting the students and staff as the guests came in to be seated and served.
Needless to say, this was a very special start to the Thanksgiving festivities for both the students, the staff, and the First Responders as everyone gears up for a time of thanksgiving and expressing our gratitude.
So, when you are relaxing with your families on the actual day of Thanksgiving: take a moment to reflect on those that are out there staying on the job to ensure we can enjoy a safe and healthy time in the great Community of Mauldin.
And when you encounter a first responder, “Say Thanks”!