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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 1, 2014

Thanksgiving dinners open to all

By DIANE VANCE, Ledger staff writer | Nov 25, 2013

First United Methodist Church in Fairfield will host the ninth annual community Thanksgiving dinner open to all for free, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the church.

“It’s open to the public, anyone can come,” said David Goehring, one of the organizers.

Dinner also can be delivered to those homebound. To have a meal delivered, call the church office before noon Wednesday at 472-4303.

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.

“Anyone is welcome to volunteer to help,” said Goehring.

Volunteers begin preparations around 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day at the church 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 Goehring. “People can come eat and not help or feel free to volunteer some time and eat something. We have a good time.

“Everything is donated,” he said. “Hy-Vee provides the turkeys and several other churches contribute specific parts of the meal.”

The menu includes mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce and green beans.

Traditionally, assorted dressings are contributed by First Lutheran Church members; dinner rolls are brought by First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); and the Knights of Columbus of St. Mary Catholic Church brings the pies.

“We’ve had the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints come on board this year, also,” said Goehring.

“Many people have made helping out at the dinner a part of their Thanksgiving Day. 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.”

 

Lockridge Thanksgiving supper Wednesday

First Augustan Lutheran Church in Lockridge will serve a free Thanksgiving supper from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lockridge Community Center.

The community is invited to attend and enjoy a meal.

 

Dinner in Packwood Thursday

Packwood Christian Church is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Day dinner at noon Thursday.

The meal is free and open to everyone; anyone is welcome to come and bring friends and family.

Reservations are requested to know how much food to prepare.

Call in reservations by Tuesday to Doug Dickey at 319-695-3601 or Frosty Van Voorst at 319-695-3009.

 

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