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Annual Community Thank Meal enters 27th year

The 27th annual Community Thank Meal ensures anyone who wants to can have company and a Thanksgiving meal.

"It's a nice fellowship on Thanksgiving," said Spike Wellman, who is coordinating the event.

The traditional Thanksgiving meal is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26 at Riverside United Methodist Church in Park Rapids. Takeouts are also available and deliveries are made in the city limits to those who can't come out, Wellman said.

The annual meal has grown over the years and now about 400 people are served at the church along with 150 takeouts. Thirty-five turkeys are prepared.

Wellman explained that the meal is possible because of the many volunteers who step up to offer their time. Volunteers carve turkeys, prepare food, deliver meals, serve and clean up, and provide pies and salads. Wellman said he hasn't had trouble finding volunteers but can usually find more work if someone would like to volunteer.

"Everyone just steps up and does what needs to be done," he said.

If anyone would like to donate salads or pies, they can drop off the food at Riverside the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

For more information, and to request a takeout or delivery meal, call the hotline at 237-TRKY.