Volunteers at Castle of Knights served 2,500 meals

Meals served both at Castle of Knights dinner, and delivered to shut-ins

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Hundreds volunteered to provide Thanksgiving dinner for more than 1,000 at the Castle of Knights in Chicopee; an event that has become so meaningful for so many.

Some are disabled, many are homeless, and still others fought loneliness by sharing the experience of Thanksgiving dinner with others. More than 1,000 men and women were served turkey dinner, while an equal number of shut-ins had dinner delivered to their doors Thursday.

“It makes me feel great. Someone else is doing the cooking today. It’s really good, it’s great being around other people and to see all the people coming in here, it’s unbelievable,” Jeanne Ingle of Chicopee said.

To serve some 2,500 meals, organizers needed a small army of volunteers; hundreds of them who had cooked the meals and would now serve them. Paul Soja was the organizer for the volunteers, and has been helping out for the past 26 years.

“We appreciate all the help. It’s such a great job, keeps us on track,” Soja said.

Now in its 26th year, the tradition continued. The Castle of Knights serves as a special place, where on Thanksgiving, people could make this holiday a very special time to remember.