Keith Searcy Memorial Dinner feeds Nashville’s elderly for 30 years

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Thousands of people will get a hot meal delivered on Thanksgiving Day thanks to volunteers.

It’s the 30th year for the Keith Searcy Memorial Thanksgiving Dinner. The dinner provides meals to the city’s elderly who not only appreciate the hot food, but also the time the volunteers spend with them.

Gerry Searcy (Photo: WKRN)
Gerry Searcy (Photo: WKRN)

News 2 spoke with organizer Gerry Searcy who said she appreciates the volunteers who spend their Thanksgiving giving back to others each year.

“It’s beautiful – all these people that come and want to lend a hand to help somebody that can’t help themselves. That is what it’s all about, especially the disabled and elderly – they can’t get up and cook a Thanksgiving meal,” she said.

At the end of the day, more than 2,000 people will receive a Thanksgiving meal.

Searcy and her son started the dinner with just a dozen plates of food in 1987. While her son has since passed away, Searcy continues the tradition and previously told News 2 her son’s memory lives on through the yearly dinner.