June 25, 2019
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Volunteers, food items sought for free community Thanksgiving dinner

Community Author: Sheila D Grant
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GUILFORD — Volunteers and food items are  needed for the 15th annual Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22 at the Guilford United Methodist Church on the corner of North Main and School streets. Take-out meals are available. Delivered meals and rides to the event may be offered if enough volunteers are available.

Even though the meal is at a church, organizer Kirsty Pratley said it is not a church-related event, but is held there because the facility is donated and features a kitchen and large dining area suitable for hosting dinner for the 60 to 80 people who attend each year.

Volunteers are needed to cook and deliver food to the church, to serve food, to socialize with the guests, to deliver meals to the homebound, and to clean up after the meal. Donations of cooked foods delivered to the church by 10 a.m. are being sought, as are donations of cash, and food items.

“Right now, we still need everything,” said Pratley. “This is a shared blessing, as the goal is for those who provide food to make a dish they like, or make extra of what they are already making for their own Thanksgiving dinner at home, and bring the extra to the church, hot in a crock pot or foil pan. Some people like to make pies, so they make an extra pie. Others are going elsewhere for Thanksgiving, so they have an oven that is free to cook and donate a turkey.”

Dinner organizers accept frozen peas, butter, drinks whipped cream, milk, coffee, etc., items they would usually buy. You can also donate money which goes towards items purchased closer to the event said Pratley.

Any cash left over after each year’s event is donated to the local food cupboard. Leftover food is packed up and sent home with the guests.

Pratley said they are also looking for musicians available during the dinner to offer entertainment during the meal.

To donate, volunteer or obtain information about the free Thanksgiving dinner, call Kirsty Pratley, 876-4261.