MUSCATINE, Iowa —What’s it take to make enough noodles to feed more than 200 people? Mix 40 pounds of flour with 44 dozen egg yolks, top it off with some beef, then add 14 volunteers and you’ve got a recipe for generosity.
Diners who shelled out one kind of dough for another at St. Mathias Catholic Church Sunday will help put a Thanksgiving dinner on other residents tables later this month.
The fundraising dinner was organized by the Muscatine Knights of Columbus, who have been providing Thanksgiving dinners for people in need for the past five years.
“We have 17 Knights working on this fundraising dinner,” Grand Knight Jim Weigand said Sunday as he sat in the church’s Gannon Hall, where the meal was served.
“That’s a lot of help.”
Weigand and his wife, Carol, started the project in 2005 when they provided a Thanksgiving meal for a local family who had lost their father and husband. Over time, the couple wanted to help more families and eventually Jim’s fellow Knights got involved.
Weigand said the $2,100 the Knights raised this year will pay for Thanksgiving dinners with all the trimmings. The dinners will be ordered from Muscatine Hy-Vee, said Weigand, where store director Kasey O’Kelly and bakery manager Gabby Combs help him get the most value for the money.
The Knights plan to provide meals for 13 area families and all the people who live at the Muscatine Center for Social Action homeless shelter.
“We fed 92 people at the shelter last year, and we want to feed more this year,” said Weigand.
The Knights will also take Thanksgiving meals to the Jesus Mission Church Pearl City Outreach in Muscatine.
Weigand said many hands helped make the fundraiser possible.
Ss. Mary and Mathias members who pitched in to help include Mary Jo Lake, who has decorated the tables for the past two years, and Barb Nowling, who took charge of the beverages.
Phyllis Nau, a St. Mathias parishioner and member of the church guild, headed up the noodle-producing team.
The Guild’s work paid off twice. Not only did volunteers feed Sunday’s crowd, there are enough noodles left to sell as a fundraiser for its annual Christmas gift project for area children, said Weigand.
“Everything we do is helping somebody,” said Weigand.
Although the Knights have selected the recipients for this year’s Thanksgiving dinners, Weigand said he is willing to work with people who are in need that he may not know about. He can be reached at 563-264-0501.