Planning under way for Community Thanksgiving


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



Photos by OJ Stapleton|NDL Bill Flis helps make the Community Thanksgiving’s famous homemade mashed potatoes last year at Stevenson Elementary.


Volunteers help add pieces of pumpkin pie to the delivery meals during last year’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner.


It may be only September, but Thanksgiving will be here before you know it.

And that is why planning for the 18th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner has already begun.

Organizers are expected another big year this time around. Last year the meal served 875 people – up over 50 people from the previous year.

The Community Thanksgiving Dinner is always free of charge and offers dine-in and delivery of its meals.

Approximately 100 of those meals were served at First Presbyterian Church in Russellville. The rest were delivered to homes all throughout Logan County.

“We’ve had one meeting where we went over positives and negatives of last year,” said Shayna O’Kelley, one of the co-chairs of the event this year. “For the most part, it went really well last year. The only real negative was that we didn’t have a lot of help to clean up at the end. That’s hard because it’s at the end of the day and everyone is tired. We’re hoping we can get more people to help clean up this year.”

But other than during clean up, the Community Thanksgiving Dinner had lots of willing and helpful volunteers last year – and plenty of food to feed everyone.

In all, 59 turkeys were cooked and prepared for the meal. Along with countless pans of sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, stuffing and mashed potatoes.

The planning committee will be having regular meetings on Mondays at First Presbyterian Church, 159 W. Sixth Street, if you would like to get involved. Thanksgiving falls on November 26 this year.

Also, the planning committee is requesting that everyone who would like a meal delivered call before Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 5 p.m. this year.

“That way we have a solid number of how many meals we will have to deliver and our route planners can get everything organized,” O’Kelley said.

If you’d like to get more information or to make a commitment to donate food or volunteer, you can also call the church at 726-6207 or email CommunityThanksgiving@yahoo.com.

There will also be a booth set up at this year’s Tobacco & Heritage Festival just for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

“We will be giving people information about the meal and letting volunteers sign up to help or donate,” O’Kelley said. “We will also have some items that will be raffled off to give us some additional funds.”

Photos by OJ Stapleton|NDL Bill Flis helps make the Community Thanksgiving’s famous homemade mashed potatoes last year at Stevenson Elementary.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Thanks1.jpgPhotos by OJ Stapleton|NDL Bill Flis helps make the Community Thanksgiving’s famous homemade mashed potatoes last year at Stevenson Elementary.

Volunteers help add pieces of pumpkin pie to the delivery meals during last year’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Thanks2.jpgVolunteers help add pieces of pumpkin pie to the delivery meals during last year’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

By OJ Stapleton

ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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