Valley Christian Fellowship youth group to hold Thanksgiving dinner |

Valley Christian Fellowship youth group to hold Thanksgiving dinner

by Sharon Carter

More than a dozen Valley teens plan to spend this Thanksgiving helping others less fortunate than themselves.

“We want to help out people in the community,” April Rodarte, a 16-year-old junior at Douglas High said Friday. “If people who don’t have families come in, we’ll be their family for a day.”

Natasha Holt, 15, is a sophomore at Douglas.

“We’ll help cook and pass out fliers to let people know about the dinner,” Holt said. “And if some of people who come need winter coats or other clothing, it’ll be there at the dinner.”

Rodarte, Holt and their friends are members of the Valley Christian Fellowship’s Senior Youth Group. The Senior Youth Group, which Pastor Leo Kruger says has between a dozen and two dozen members – depending on the time of year – plans to serve a free Thanksgiving dinner from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day to any and all who show up at the Valley Christian Fellowship’s meeting hall at 1295 Industrial Way in Gardnerville.

“There will be ‘welcome’ maps in the fliers the kids will pass out over the weekend,” Kruger said. “And there are signs to follow. It’s in the industrial court, near the Coast-to-Coast (Store) and Carson Valley Transmissions.”

Kruger said fellowship members will cook 15 turkeys which total about 300 pounds.

“We’re hoping a lot of people will come,” he said.

Douglas High students Brian Bertucci, 16, Matt Simpson, 15, and Aaron Russell, 16, said they planned to pass out fliers door-to-door, make up plates and help serve the dinner – and even help with the cooking.

“We get a good feeling helping out,” Russell said.

Vickie Bertucci, a Senior Youth Group leader who has two children in the group, said while the kids came up with the idea, the fellowship’s adult members helped to get it going.

Bertucci said she will provide pies for the feast, and the members who are cooking the turkeys will bring them to the meeting hall hourly throughout the afternoon Thursday.

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