Crawfordsville to serve traditional meal
The 2014 Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held Thursday at First United Methodist Church, 212 E. Wabash Ave.
Organizers plan to begin the day with a Community Worship Service from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Home deliveries will begin at 11 a.m.; transportation services will begin at 11 a.m. Seating begins at 11:15 a.m. for the worship service with dinner being served from noon to 3 p.m.
The free menu will include a traditional meal of turkey, noodles, mashed potatoes, seasoned green beans, homemade dressing, applesauce, cranberry sauce, rolls, butter and an assortment of desserts and beverages.
The dinner was established many years ago for no particular group or individuals, but instead to provide a time for community members to come together and share in the day.
“We invite Wabash men who are unable to travel home for the holidays, parents who have children visiting from a distance and are unable to accommodate the visiting families, brothers and sisters who are together after periods of separation and would enjoy time to catch-up without the hassle of food preparation and clean-up, and those who would otherwise be spending the holidays alone or those who are without the means of preparing a traditional Thanksgiving meal,” co-organizer Sheila Zachary said.
Last year more than 900 meals were served, and organizers anticipate they will see an increase in numbers due to the current economic crises facing the country.
For more information on how to volunteer or make a donation, contact Mark or Sheila Zachary at 376-4365 or 376-9624 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. If time is at the premium, financial support is as important. Contributions can be mailed to the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, P.O. Box 23, Crawfordsville, IN 47933. Make all checks payable to “Community Thanksgiving Dinner.”
to the table
Turkey with all the trimmings will be served at the annual Waynetown Christian Church Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday.
The menu includes turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, noodles, corn casserole, green beans and rolls. A variety of homemade pies also will be available. The meal is free.
Last year the church served nearly 600 meals. Organizers are preparing for an increase this year as more people take advantage of the free meal.
“We know the need is increasing out in our community for food as our requests for our food pantry increases,” organizer Linda Ballard said. “But, we also have people who do not want to cook a big meal so they come eat and then they go home for their family time.”
The church started serving the dinner 12 years ago. At that time the main reason was, and continues to be, so people can have somewhere to go on Thanksgiving.
“No one needs to be alone on Thanksgiving,” Ballard said. “We started this to give people a place to go for good fellowship and a good meal. It has grown and now we have people who bring their families as part of their family tradition.”
To schedule a meal delivery, call the church at 765-234-2554.
Organizers for Ladoga Christian Church’s community Thanksgiving meal are preparing for a bigger event the second time around.
Last year was the first time the church offered a free turkey meal on the holiday, and several lessons were learned, said Danielle Burkholder.
“We are much better prepared this year,” Burkholder said. “Also, the church and community seems to be more excited about it this year.”
The meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ladoga Christian Church. The event is planned by the church, but Burkholder said it has quickly turned into a community activity.
“We had a lot of people help from the church last year, but this year we have the church members and others from the community,” Burkholder said. “I am able to delegate a lot of the jobs this year.”
One new addition to the event should make those who love desserts happy.
“This year we are having the Southmont High School home economic classes prepare all the desserts,” Burkholder said. “We are giving them the money and they are making pumpkin pies, brownies and an assortment of cookies. I think it is a great way to get more young people involved and we will make sure they take home notices about the dinner so more people will know.”
Last year the church served 161 meals. Burkholder said the church plans to serve 275 meals this Thanksgiving, which includes roasting nine large turkeys. All food this year will be homemade, including the noodles.
Burkholder said there has been a larger effort this year to get the word out about the free meal.
“We have reached out to more people this year,” Burkholder said. “We have contacted the schools to let families know, and we even have fliers in New Ross and Roachdale. We just do not want anyone to go without a Thanksgiving dinner this year.”
For those who are shut-in or cannot make it to the meal, volunteers will make deliveries. To order a meal, contact Burkholder at 765-401-1254.
Burkholder said anyone wishing to volunteer, provide food or even make a cash donation, should contact her.