October may have just started, but Thanksgiving will be here before you know it.
And that is why planning for the 19th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner has already begun.
Organizers are expected another big year this time around. Last year the meal served over 1,100 people – a new record for the event and up over 200 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 as well as to those who had to work on Thanksgiving and to inmates at the Logan County Detention Center.
The first planning meeting for the community meal will be this Thursday at 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 159 W. Sixth Street in Russellville.
“We want to have anyone who is interested come to these meetings – even if they’re just curious about what we do and how we do things,” said Shayna O’Kelley, one of the co-chairs of the event this year. “There are a lot of little jobs that people can help us with – even if they’re not going to be in town for on the day of Thanksgiving. We need a lot of volunteers for a lot of little jobs and there are ways to help even if you can’t devote a lot of time.”
There are a variety of ways to help, and many volunteers are needed. There are no major changes planned for the meal this year. The sit-down dinner will once again be held in the fellowship hall of First Presbyterian Church and the meal deliveries will be handled at the Stevenson Elementary School cafeteria.
“If you include the day of Thanksgiving, we had at least 75 people last year,” O’Kelley said. “It’s hard to have a really good count, because a lot of people will just show up on Thanksgiving and lend a hand. And if we include everyone that brought a dish that number is quite a bit higher.”
Planning meetings will be held at the church each Thursday at 6 p.m. at the church.
The Community Thanksgiving will also have a booth set up this Saturday as part of the Logan County Tobacco & Heritage Festival. Organizers will be taking orders for meal deliveries and will also have a sign-up sheet for volunteers. There is also a need to help man the booth, so if you would like to help in that way, call 726-6207 or email CommunityThanksgiving@yahoo.com.
The boot will be right beside the main stage on the square, across from the old Duncan’s drug store building.
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