Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette

Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette

Clarkson Connected had its first annual Thanksgiving Community Meal at Clarkson City Hall last Saturday.

Clarkson Connected is made up of community members connecting for the greater good.

According to the group's Facebook page, "Clarkson Connected is a coalition of churches, businesses, city officials, and private citizens that love the Clarkson community now or have ever and want to see the community revitilized. We believe the best days are ahead for Clarkson, and we are asking all Redhawks and those that love our little community to pitch in and make a difference. We can be the change we want to see!"

According to Clarkson City Commissioner Tara Sallee, who is also a Clarkson Connected representative, the group served around 200 people through both sit down meals and delivering meals to families in the community.

During the event, citizens were able to partake in a hot meal courtesy of Clarkson Connected. The meal consisted of turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce and bread, as well as a variety of sweet treats that were made by the Grayson County High School's FCCLA class.

"It was a very successful 'first' event. Everyone was appreciative and will share their experience. The meal seemed to be a welcome event to the area residents," Clarkson Connected said in a statement.

Clarkson Connected wants to thank the following organizations and businesses for donating and making this event possible: K's Cafe, Redneck Ranch Restaurant, Midway Pharmacy in Clarkson, the Bank of Clarkson, the Veterans Resource Group, My Neighbor Gift Shop, Tim Bocock American National, St. Elizabeth Church, and numerous private donors.

The group also wished to give a very special thanks to Linda Henderson for donating her time to cook the turkeys for the meal.

"It was a great beginning and has laid a firm foundation for more outreach and community focused service efforts," representatives from Clarkson Connected said in their statement about Saturday's event.

For more information about Clarkson Connected or to get involved, visit their Facebook page at