Churches set community Thanksgiving dinners
A free, community Thanksgiving dinner will be served for the eighth year at First United Methodist Church in Fairfield.
Serving begins at 11:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, at the church. It is open to everyone, regardless of need. No collection or free will offering is asked. Take-outs are available.
Anyone is welcome to help out. Volunteers begin preparing around 8:30-9 a.m. Nov. 22, and there is no set schedule of shifts. Volunteers may show up and work any amount of time they’d like.
“It always seems to work out,” said Dave Goehring, one of the dinner’s organizers and supporters.
“We do this for the community, it’s for everyone at no cost,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, bring a family or come alone. All are welcome.”
The menu includes about 15 turkeys donated by Fairfield Hy-Vee Food and Drug Store; dressings contributed by First Lutheran Church members; dinner rolls brought by First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce and green beans. Knights of Columbus of St. Mary Catholic Church contributes pies.
Delivery available for homebound
Community volunteers take it upon themselves to deliver a Thanksgiving meal to homebound residents who normally receive meals delivered by the Fairfield Senior Citizen Center meal program.
Because Thanksgiving is an observed holiday, senior meal sites are closed and no home deliveries are made from the program.
First United Methodist Church has provided about 70 home-delivered Thanksgiving Day meals in the past, along with the more than 100 served at the church.
Homebound residents not on the meal site register for delivered meals also can call First United Methodist Church office at 472-4303 by Tuesday to request a home-delivered meal on Thanksgiving.
“Many people have made helping out at the dinner a part of their Thanksgiving Day,” said Goehring. “We have whole families come, visitors to town for the day, students home from college, and each year, new volunteers show up. It’s a great tradition.”
Packwood offers free meal
Packwood Christian Church also is once again hosting its annual Thanksgiving Day dinner at noon Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22.
The meal is free of charge and open to everyone; families and friends are welcome, as well as those alone.
It is requested that reservations are made, to know the amount of food to prepare.
Call Doug Dickey at 319-695-3601 or the Rev. Harlan “Frosty” Van Voorst at 319-695-3009 by Tuesday to make reservations at Packwood Christian Church.