31st Annual Cherokee Thanksgiving

November 23, 2023


Cherokee Thanksgiving provides free meals on Thanksgiving Day for those in our community who would otherwise not have a Thanksgiving meal. We focus not only on those who are economically disadvantaged, but those who are serving the community and are not able to have a meal with their own family (emergency service providers, care facility workers, etc.).


  • Cherokee Thanksgiving started in 1992 by Don Stevens and his family.
  • The original mission was to provide meals locally, on Thanksgiving Day, to those in need. We now also provide meals to community workers, including many local police and fire departments.
  • Utilizing volunteers from all over the community, meals have been delivered to thousands of individuals and families for the past 30 years.
  • The number of meals served in 2022 was 2,800 including deliveries and pickups.
  • The area served has also grown to include not only Canton, but Woodstock, Acworth, Holly Springs, Ball Ground and most of Pickens County.
  • We continue to raise awareness of our organizations need to raise the community’s awareness of our mission and how each person can help.


Williamson Brothers BBQ

1600 Marietta Hwy
Canton, GA 30114
(770) 345-9067

Canton First United Methodist Church

930 Lower Scott Mill Rd.
Canton, GA US 30115
(770) 479-2502

Cherokee County School District

1205 Bluffs Parkway
Canton, GA 30114
(770) 479-1871


1365 Riverstone Parkway
Canton, GA 30114
(770) 720-9676

Reformation Brewery

225 Reformation Pkwy
Suite #500
Canton, GA 30114
(678) 341-0828

The Mill On Etowah

225 Reformation Pkwy
Canton, GA 30114
(678) 762-9950

Rock Solid Brewing

345 Gilmer Ferry Rd.
Ball Ground, GA 30107

La Catrina Tacos and Margaritas

2247 Cumming Highway, Suite 100
Canton, GA 30115
(770) 224-6184

Board and Key Volunteers

Cheryl Mosely

Cheryl McBratney Mosely


Cheryl McBratney Mosely is in her 19th year as a volunteer with Cherokee Thanksgiving and her 18th year as the coordinator of the event. Cheryl originally volunteered to help with Cherokee Thanksgiving to honor her mother's memory. Thanksgiving was the holiday she enjoyed the most and helping with this event made her feel closer to her during this time. Cheryl is a member of Canton First United Methodist Church where Cherokee Thanksgiving was hosted until the COVID pandemic forced it to move.

"I have received so much more than I have been able to give. Coordinating and staging an event that now feeds over 2000 people on Thanksgiving Day could be very difficult, but with the amazing group of key volunteers and the support from Williamson Brothers and nearly 200 volunteers that come together to make Cherokee Thanksgiving happen it is a wonderful day of organized chaos filled with many blessings."

Cheryl, originally from Kansas, resides in Cherokee County and has a son Zachery.

Susan Miller

Susan Miller


Susan Miller has been involved with Cherokee Thanksgiving since 2018. She manages the financial side of the non-profit including, contributions, expenses, and financial statements. In addition, she is the main contact for updating the website and creating the deliver and pickup lists each year. Susan is a retired teacher from Pickens County and works part time as the Financial Administrator for Heritage Fellowship Church in Canton. She enjoys volunteering in the community and reading in her spare time. Although she grew up in New Orleans, Susan now resides in Canton and has lived in the north Georgia area since 1994. She has two daughters that live in the Atlanta area.

Mike Seibert

Mike Seibert

Operations Manager

Mike Seibert, of Canton has been involved with Cherokee Thanksgiving eight years. Mike is involved in planning, food and equipment procurement, and operations, including preparing foods and managing volunteers. Mike is regular attendee of Canton first United Methodist Church and is involved in the men’s group. Mike has been in the food industry for over 35 years and currently is National Sales Manager, Corporate Accounts for Red Gold, Inc. Originally from the Great Lakes Region, Mike and his wife Maria have 4 daughters and have lived in Canton 21 years.

Ben and Katlyn Thacker

Ben and Katlyn Thacker


Ben and Katlyn Thacker, of Canton, have been a part of Cherokee Thanksgiving for over 10 years. Their main duties include coordinating with drivers and meal recipients to make sure of safe and timely delivery to all who have requested meals. Coordinating with delivery drivers and meal recipients begins in mid-October and goes through Thanksgiving Day. Outside of Cherokee Thanksgiving, Ben and Katlyn are members of Canton First United Methodist Church. Katlyn is a 2nd grade teacher in Cherokee County and a member of The Service League of Cherokee County. Ben is a local Mortgage Lender. They have two beautiful girls. They enjoy the outdoors and cheering on their alma matter, University of Georgia.

Connie Walker

Connie Walker


Connie Walker has been a Cherokee Thanksgiving volunteer for over 10 years, working in the kitchen before the big day, and, recently, as Fundraising Chairperson. She was a music instructor for Cherokee County Schools and, after retiring, has been an active volunteer in her community for many years. She is now the Director of Children’s Music for Canton UMC. Connie is the mother of two great college-age students, with one graduating in May of 2023. Her family has lived in Canton for 28 years.

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PO Box 5241
Canton, GA 30114

In Need of Meals?

You can either pick up meals or have them delivered to your home!

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We encourage you to register online to help us with logistics, meal prep and managing the event. If you aren't able to register on the site, or know someone who needs meals but doesn't have the ability to register online, they can call 678-632-4099. The message should indicate number of meals needed, recipient's name, phone number or email, and address for delivery. All meal requests must be received by November 19 2023.

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