by: Erin Keller
No one in Guthrie and surrounding areas has to go without a Thanksgiving dinner thanks to the vision and desire of General Tommy Lee Daniels.
Tommy Lee Daniels was born and raised in Guthrie and served in the U.S. Air Force and then in the the Oklahoma Air National Guard and at the Pentagon. It was important for him to give back to the community that had supported him. He fully funded the initial event in 1997, and the Guthrie community has embraced and supported his vision for 22 years.
The dinner is held on Thanksgiving Day from 11:30 am to 2 p.m at the American Legion Center, 123 N. 1st Street in Guthrie, and is catered by Chef Yvette Curry, a former culinary instructor at Guthrie Job Corps, who will prepare meals for about 800 people. There will be give-aways, good food, fellowship and more during the event. The feast is open to anyone who would like to come and enjoy the fellowship of the meal or have one delivered. Meals are delivered from Crescent to Langston to people who are alone or homebound, to the jail, to police and firemen who have to work on Thanksgiving, to workers at convenience stores, and to students at Langston University and Guthrie Job Corps who can’t make it home for Thanksgiving.
Giving back was the passion of General Daniels, and as followers of Jesus, we are commanded and blessed by giving to our community. The General T. L. Daniels Thanksgiving Dinner is a great opportunity for the members of Community Church to serve alongside members of the “Big C Church” to spread His love and caring to the people of Guthrie. Come to eat and visit with people from the community, or come to serve. Volunteers will meet at the American Legion at 10:30 on Thanksgiving morning to set up for the meal, including unloading the truck, dressing tables, plating food, Another way to serve is to donate gift cards in various amounts to places like Walmart or the Dollar Tree to be given as door prizes at the event.