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11/08/2018: "SJI Community Thanksgiving Dinner"

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Fall is in the air and there is a need for volunteers for the 20th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Come help for the first or return as one of the veterans of Thanksgivings past and join in again with the brand new volunteers.

lots of volunteer pie bakers are needed this year. You can bring a homemade pie or a store-bought pie for our dessert table. Bring your pie to the Mullis Center on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day or when you come to the dinner on Thanksgiving day.
volunteers needed to roast one of the pre-seasoned, oven-ready turkeys, to be served on Thanksgiving Day. You pick it up at the Mullis Center on Wednesday between 3PM and 6PM and put it in the oven at your home on Thanksgiving Day to bring hot and ready to serve at the dinner. There's even a note attached with the weight of the turkey and recommended cooking time.

As for the jobs on Thanksgiving Day, there are a variety of things that need doing from dishwashing to serving pie. The shifts are 1 hour so you are limited only by how much time you want to spend helping or dining on Thanksgiving Day. Some people come in for an hour or two and some come for the whole day. It is basically organized chaos but lots of fun.

You might be mashing potatoes and someone grabs your elbow and asks if you will help serve coffee. Whatever the job, there is lots of laughter and camaraderie. Over the years this event has grown and last year a maximum of just over 500 diners were served.

Some volunteers dine with at the community dinner, either before or after their work shift, and some go off to other gatherings. To find out how you can be involved, check the website at If you just want to enjoy a good old fashioned dinner with friends and neighbors that you may not know yet, come on in and have Thanksgiving Dinner.

If you have questions or need assistance signing up to volunteer, call Minnie or Jim Knych at 378-7040.

Tom Bauschke
John Evans
Mary Kalbert
Ron Keeshan
Gordy Petersen
Janice Peterson
Bruce Sallan
Terra Tamai
Amy Wynn
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