Prepping for annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner

2017 Huron Plainsman

"Maybe they're lonely or they don't have anyone to share Thanksgiving with that's why we're here".

First Baptist Church will be holding it's free normal annual community Thanksgiving dinner 11 a.m.to 1 p.m. Thursday at 401 W. Maine.

The food comes from church members and the donation is from local businesses and other churches.

Donations are still needed including, store bought pumpkin pies, packaged stuffing and salad dressing.

"We plan every year for around 1,100 to 1,200 meals and that includes delivering meals to people who can't make it to our community meal", Heiple said. Sleyster says both volunteers and attendees have made the dinner a special event for a quarter-century.

The Thanksgiving feast is being held by USUAA as part of a community outreach program in order to extend to the greater community by providing a free Thanksgiving meal.

The St. Ignatius Christian Missionary Alliance Church is hosting the event. "This is why you do it".

In the past few years, more younger people came to the dinner who might not be able to visit family during that time, Pridmore said.

"One person can't fix everything, you can't do it all".

Neustel said as the event continues to grow, organization and planning become more important each year, although that doesn't mean the process of preparing that much food gets easier. Meals will also be served at the Woodland Park Church of the Nazarene, Manitou Town Hall and Fountain Valley Senior Center.

You can drop these items off at the Ag Building at the Kansas Expocentre Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m.to 8 p.m. "Close to 95 percent of everything we give to the community is given to us by the community".

"This was one of the projects he wanted to start because he had a burden for people - not necessarily that they needed financial help with the meals but some of them just needed it because they didn't have anybody to spend Thanksgiving with", Shipp said last Thanksgiving. Canned green beans, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce were some of the items Heiple said Food & Shelter is requesting. Shipp said they'll meet any request they can for to-go meals as long as there is still food left.

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