Volunteers are teaming up to prepare and serve a free Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24, from noon to 4 p.m.
A perfect excuse to get out and share the gratitude with your community, the meal will be at Riverside Community Church on 4th and State Streets in Hood River.
The Thanksgiving Dinner is open to everyone — singles, double, entire families.
“We will serve a traditional meal of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, veggies, salad and pies,” says co-organizer Gean Rains. “There will also be vegan meals available.”
Sharing the organizing, Debby Chenoweth says the 2015 event was a “huge success.”
“We served over 200 meals in the Pioneer Room at Riverside,” she says. “In addition, we delivered meals to people who could not travel to the event and we delivered trays of hot food to the Warming Shelter. “
They credit a huge crew of donors and volunteer workers.
If you would like to volunteer, the organizers are looking for people to help with food prep, event set-up, greeting guests, serving food and clean-up. FYI, the facility has a dishwashing machine.
If you know of anyone who would appreciate a home-delivered Thanksgiving dinner, please relay that information to Debby or Gean.
Businesses are already sharing the generosity. Romul’s restaurant has donated the turkeys, Rosauers Supermarket has filled the shopping cart with other goodies, and other businesses in the area are providing items to complete the meal.
If you would like to help with the costs, you can make a contribution by sending a check to Riverside Church, P.O. Box 656, Hood River, OR 97041, or by going to a crowd funding page set up for the event.