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Rowan County family dedicates Thanksgiving to serving hundreds of meals to community

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Posted at 7:39 PM, Nov 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-26 19:39:12-05

MOREHEAD, Ky. (LEX 18) — A central Kentucky family dedicated their Thanksgiving Day to making sure nobody in Rowan County went without a homemade meal Thursday.

In a Facebook post, Brooklyn Belle Market posted that they would be preparing meals for anyone in need of one.

Store owner Megan Carpenter told LEX 18 after the post was made, messages began pouring in and she realized the need was bigger than she anticipated.

Rather than backing down, she rose to the challenge and prepared more than 300 meals with the help of her family.

“I think it’s very heartwarming and it’s something I want my kids to be part and be able to carry on, so they do things like this in life,” Carpenter said. “We hope that everybody realizes if you pull together you can get through anything.”

Approximately 200 meals were given out through the window of the Brooklyn Belle Market. Volunteers also helped deliver meals to families who could not make it to the store.

All leftover food was donated to local shelters and first responders.

"I hope they know somebody cares about them. No matter what is going on with their lives, there are people out there who are trying to make a difference and to help them out,” said Toby Glover, who runs the convenience store and restaurant alongside Carpenter.

Though it is not the traditional Thanksgiving dinner with family, Carpenter said it’s a meaningful one for her family because they are able to bless their community.