It was March 12, but inside the Holmdel Community Church kitchen it smelled like Thanksgiving.
More than 300 hot, homemade meals and 126 take-out dinners were purchased by diners, and served by a fast-moving army of volunteers in Fellowship Hall on Main Street. In just four hours, the Holmdel Church raised $6000.
The money will go to the Emergency Assistance Fund (EAF) of the Community Outreach Group of Middletown, Inc. The EAF helps families facing unexpected heating, medical or housing expenses.
"We're really pleased with the way it all went and the amount of money we raised," said Lynn Liebenow. "Everybody worked hard but we had a lot of fun."
Just a few days later on March 16, the Holmdel Community Church's application to embark upon a substantial expansion and renovation of facilities to accommodate their growing membership was approved by the Planning Board.