For 31 years, Keith Searcy Memorial Dinner feeds Nashville’s elderly

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Thousands of people in Davidson County were served a warm meal Thanksgiving Day thanks to volunteers.

This year marks the 31st year for the Keith Searcy Memorial Thanksgiving Dinner. The dinner provides meals to the city’s elderly and disabled.

“They [volunteers] love to show up and they love to give back. That’s what it’s all about – giving back,” organizer Gerry Searcy said.

Gerry Searcy (Photo: WKRN)

Gerry and her son Keith began the now annual tradition in 1987.

“I’ve been doing it for 31 years. It started out with eight meals. I delivered to eight elderly people and it has grown. The Lord has blessed us with this. It’s a blessing,” she said.

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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.

Gerry, with the help of volunteers, has served thousands of meals to Nashville families over the past 31 years, including more than 2,000 on Thursday.

She said she plans to continue the tradition for a few more years before passing it on to her great-grandchildren.