For over a quarter century, the Salvation Army and Rocket City have partnered together to prepare and deliver Thanksgiving meals to the needy in the greater Muskegon area. This year, are record 2,900 meals were prepared and delivered out of the high school cafe.
As the saying goes, “many hands make light work”, volunteers of all ages came together to help prepare the meals for delivery. The work begins early in the week through the leadership of Jean Lemieux, Connie Falbe and Donna Derda. These three Rocket ladies order and organize the cooking for Thanksgiving morning.
The annual turkey slicing team of Mr. Steve Edwards (R-P Superintendent), Mr. Rob Renes (Director of Administrative Services), Mr. Simeon Frang (R-P Middle School Principal) and Mr. Paul Klimsza (R-P Elementary School Principal) look forward to volunteering every year in this role.
Retired Muskegon County Sheriff, Mr. Bob Carter, organizes all the addresses that volunteers will deliver the dinners to throughout the Muskegon area.
Mr. Tim McDougle, R-PHS social studies department chair and teacher, leads the potato preparation team every year (15 years and counting).
A host of R-PHS students prepared the rolls and bags along with providing assistance on the serving lines. This year, our students were joined by the Mona Shores varsity hockey team in assembling and carrying out dinners for the volunteer driving teams, made up of many Rocket families and friends.
We are very fortunate to have so many people willing to give of their time to serve the needy of our greater community of Muskegon.
To view a few of the photos from Thanksgiving morning, click on the link below.