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Brookhaven alderman Moore to host Thanksgiving meal for community

A first-time Brookhaven alderman has more gratitude on his plate than he can carry.

Ward 2 Alderman Shannon Moore said he has much to be thankful for and wants to share with his community.

Moore and his family are hosting a free community Thanksgiving dinner Saturday at the Alexander Teen Center. The meal is available for dine-in or takeout from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Moore walked the neighborhoods of his ward to pass out invitations, but the dinner is open to anyone in the city who wants to attend.

“I think it’s a good time to bring the community together,” he said. “They can get a chance to meet me and talk with me. Get to know me. We’ll just talk and have a good time.”

And eat.

What’s a Thanksgiving meal without good food? Moore has fried turkey and baked ham on the menu and many volunteers are making sides and desserts to go with them.

“I told them to bring their best dish,” he said. “Everybody is excited. They can’t wait.”

Moore plans to take plate lunches to some of the shut-ins in his ward if they can’t attend.

He hosted a community children’s health fair in October at the Alexander Teen Center. He said more than 60 children registered to have wellness screenings that day. United Healthcare gave out $1,600 in $25 gift cards to children who were on the United community insurance plan.

“It was a big hit. They’re eager to come back,” he said.