Susan Eudy emphasized the word "community" so often in my conversation with her that I decided to look it up in my Webster's dictionary.
It's "a body of people having common interests or living in one locality."
I kept reading and found a definition for "community chest:" "a fund for public charity in which various local organizations cooperate."
Change "organizations" to "individuals," and you've got what Susan Eudy was talking about.
Eudy and her husband, Fred, have a large family, and they enjoy getting together. Years ago the Eudys were hosting a family fish fry, when they got to talking about how they could do some good with their get-togethers.
They decided to turn their family event into a community fish fry and give all the proceeds to the Mount Pleasant Food Ministry.
Each year they've tried to make the fish fry bigger and better, and each year they've tried to involve and invite more of the community. Now hundreds of people turn out annually for a good meal, good fellowship and a good cause.
Besides giving the proceeds to the food ministry, the Eudys also encourage everyone who comes to the fish fry to bring something for the food pantry: rice, beans, canned or paper goods. The goal is to do all they can to help feed people in our community.
Even on the day of the fish fry, Eudy is looking out for anyone who could use a good meal. She said she routinely gets advance donations, which she uses to provide plates full of food to folks who need a little help or encouragement. And every year her family makes up plates with any leftovers and gives them away to hurting people in the community.
An adult meal, which includes fish, slaw, baked beans, fries and hushpuppies, is $10. Children's plates are half that, and the meal is free for anyone younger than age 7.
This year the community fish fry starts at 4 p.m. on Oct. 1 at the Eudys' home, south of Mount Pleasant on Smith Lake Road. It's easy to find from Barrier Store Road or County Line Road. Susan Eudy said there will be plenty of signs to help guests find their way.
Bring a lawn chair if you like and plan to sit and enjoy music, conversation and good food.
Besides coming and eating, you can support this community event in other ways. The Eudys get help from local businesses who donate supplies, but they appreciate monetary donations to help offset expenses.
Susan Eudy said she would love to have baked goods donated, and to have more musicians come and play. Call her at 704-467-5732 to volunteer.
And of course, she's happy to know of anyone in the community to whom she can give a plate of fish.