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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 7, 2016

Churches serve Thanksgiving meals

By VICKI TILLIS Ledger lifestyles editor | Nov 22, 2016

First United Methodist Church in Fairfield will host its 12th annual free Thanksgiving dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the church.

The meal, which is put together by volunteers from the community, is open to the public, with no reservations required.

Volunteers also will be delivering Thanksgiving meals to those who are homebound. Those who would like a meal delivered should contact Dave Goerhing, one of the organizers, by 5 p.m. Wednesday by calling 641-799-3450.

This year’s feast includes turkey, dressing, green beans, mashed potatoes with gravy, cranberry sauce and dessert.

The food was donated by the Methodist church, as well as First Lutheran, First Christian (Disciples of Christ) and the Latter Day Saints churches, Knights of Columbus, Fairfield Hy-Vee Food and Drug Store and Casey’s General Store-South.

Volunteers for the event usually start preparations around 8-8:30 a.m., with those volunteering to serve coming in around 10:45 a.m.

“Anyone from the community is welcome to volunteer,” said Goerhing. “They can just show up at the church. No one is a stranger. It’s like a big family reunion ... everyone socializes and meets new friends.”

Goerhing said the church, the sponsors, organizers and volunteers are happy to offer the annual free Thanksgiving meal.

“We’re glad to be able to serve the public because we know not everyone has a place to go for a family atmosphere of food and fellowship.”

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Packwood Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will host its annual free Thanksgiving feast at noon Thursday at the church in Packwood.

The meal is open to the public and reservations are necessary. Those interested in attending should call either Doug Dickey at 319-695-3601 or Frosty Van Voorst at 319-695-3009 today.

“We’ve done this for [more than] 20 years now,” said Van Voorst. “We actually started back in 1994. Initially we set it up because we knew that many people didn’t have family gatherings or can’t afford to go out and eat at some other place.”

Van Voorst said everyone is welcome to enjoy the event: complete families, singles and couples.

The dinner is an opportunity to eat and have a good time while visiting with others, he said.

In past years, up to nearly 50 guests were served Thanksgiving dinner.

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First Augustana Lutheran Church in Lockridge served its fourth annual traditional Thanksgiving meal from 4-7 p.m. Sunday at the Lockridge Community Hall.

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