Thanksgiving dinner planned at St. Mary’s

Published 12:01 am Saturday, November 19, 2011

Volunteers serve plates at a previous ACORN dinner. | File photo


St. Mary’s Episcopal Church is spearheading efforts to provide a free meal to anyone who needs it or is alone this Thanksgiving, but for the first time, the holiday meal will go on without its founder, Josephine Mosdell.

Mosdell, a native of England, founded the community meal served on the quintessential American holiday, Thanksgiving, and on Christmas Day, about two decades ago.

She spearheaded fundraising and publicity, and enjoyed “bossing” all involved in the effort. She died last week in a Pensacola hospital. Memorial services are planned Mon., Nov. 21. (See obituary, Page 6).

But the meal will go on. A Thanksgiving dinner will be served at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Those who prefer to dine at home can call 222-2487 by Nov. 23 for delivery of the free meals.

The Episcopalians are assisted in their efforts by members of First Baptist, First Methodist and Christ the King Catholic Church.