The National Weather Service is predicting a snowstorm this week that could impact Thanksgiving travel.  That means the Faribault Thanksgiving Community Dinner could have more people attend.  It also could mean more meals delivered throughout the Faribault community. Here is what you can do to assist in making the Faribault Community Thanksgiving Dinner another success.  Remember the meal is FREE.  The meal served at the Faribault American Legion Post #43 is a sit down meal with participants being waited on by fellow community members.  Serving is from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The amazing part about this event to me anyway is the fact there are no sign up sheets.  People just show up to help.

Volunteers are requested to assist with Wednesday, November 27th with:

  • Turkey carving, potato peeling and table setting begins 6:00 p.m. Please bring your own potato peeler.  Children help decorate place mats.

Volunteers are also needed on Thanksgiving to help with a variety of things:

  • 7:30 a.m. Kitchen helpers should report to assist with final preparation of the meal.
  • 10:30 a.m. Meal waiters and waitresses should report.  Those delivering meals can begin arriving also.  There will be some cardboard boxes available, but organizers encourage those who deliver to use sturdy laundry baskets to carry meals.
  • 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Clean up assistance is appreciated.

If you need a meal delivered you are encouraged to make your decision by the day before Thanksgiving.  Phone the Buckham West Senior Center at 332-7357 with the number of meals you need and any special instructions for the individual delivering your meal(s).  Back door, side door, etc.

Organizers really would like people to make their requests before Thanksgiving Day if possible so they have a handle on how many meals they need to prepare for delivery.

So please phone 332-7357 before 4:00 p.m. Wednesday.

The event is FREE and there are no income guidelines.  However cash, checks payable to the Faribault Foundatin and/or a non-perishable food item donation is welcome.  The food items will be donated to the local food shelf.  Any monetary donations are used to help with some of the costs associated with the event.

Julie Fox and Laura McColley did tell us on a recent KDHL AM Minnesota program most of the food is donated.  The key word there being most.

I have been peeling potatoes and doing other chores the night before since the early 1990's and over the past 15 years Thanksgiving morning delivering meals.  It is my Thanksgiving tradition.

Fox told us on AM Minnesota Thanksgiving has become her favorite day of the year because of the community members serving community members event.  A few of the volunteers are not even from Faribault.

See you Wednesday evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Faribault American Legion or Thursday morning.

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