Fishes And Loaves And Turkeys

“Miracle” is a strong word.  But it comes close to describing what it’s taken to ensure that the annual Thanksgiving feast — enjoyed by 300 people, held at the Saugatuck Congregational Church since just a year or two after Adam met Eve in the Garden of Eden — will happen anyway, though Sunday’s fire rendered the church unusable.

Several institutions immediately offered space.  Christ & Holy Trinity Church — just down the road, with a 3,000-foot “Great Hall” dedicated only in June — was quickly chosen.

Christ & Holy Trinity Church -- including the new Great Hall, where Thursday's Thanksgiving feast will take place.

Yesterday, dozens of Westport Young Woman’s League women and Boy Scout boys scoured soot-encrusted pots and pans.  They finished at 7 p.m.

Stew Leonard’s and Britt-Air replaced the 30 turkeys destroyed in the fire — and Oscar’s Deli donated space in its walk-in freezer to store them.

Stop & Shop gave produce.  The Westport Garden Club prepared fruit.  Panera Bread offered food and (duh) bread.  Coleytown Elementary School prepared pumpkin bread and centerpieces.  R.J. Mase loaned knives.

Cash always helps.  Among the first donors:  Coleytown Middle School.

Even Gateway Printers pitched in — printing signs to show the way from Saugatuck Church to Christ & Holy Trinity.

You could call it a miracle.

Or you could say it’s what a true community does:  comes together in time of need.

But why argue?  Let’s talk turkey:  Happy Thanksgiving!

Anthony Jordon, manager of the Norwalk Panera store, and associate Dana Boch provide plenty of food for the feast.

Glen Palinkas, Mark Mathias and Paula Mikesh prepare to turn donated goods into a Thanksgiving meal.

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