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Community meal serves 800

While there was no in-person dining on Thanksgiving Day due to the pandemic, organizers served 800 delivery and takeout meals.

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Kim Harmon hands out Thanksgiving meals in the takeout line at the 2020 Thank Meal. There was no in-person dining this year due to COVID-19. (Shannon Geisen/Enterprise)

The 38th annual Community Thanksgiving Meal served 800 people, according to co-chairs Leah Quinn and Krista Johnson.

Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans, buns and pie were delivered on Thanksgiving Day. Curbside pick-up was conducted under the church awning.

“Things went really smoothly. We were able to keep the number of volunteers in the building to under 15 and things went amazingly well,” Quinn said. “We had so many amazing drivers show up for delivery and got all of our meals out. And pick-ups ran very smoothly. We ended at almost exactly 800 meals boxed and out the door.”

There was no charge for the turkey dinner with all the trimmings, but freewill donations helped offset the cost. Riverside United Methodist Church hosted the event.

“The community really came together and contributed significantly financially,” Quinn said. “All additional funds will be dispersed to charities in the community. We have not decided which ones yet because the accountant is still paying the current bills. Once we are all settled for the meal, we will allocate the remaining funds.”

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Parker Harmon and Stephanie Hanson prep meals for curbside delivery. (Shannon Geisen/ Enterprise)

Shannon Geisen is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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