With Thanksgiving just around the corner, an organizer of an annual celebration of the activity is looking for people willing to help others enjoy the holiday.
Debi Rhines, who last year took over as head organizer of the annual community Thanksgiving dinner, said she is looking for anyone willing to help with preparing and serving the dinner, funded for decades through an anonymous donor.
The work breaks into several areas over a couple of days. Rhines said the group will need help Wednesday, Nov. 21, with work that generally includes preparing the kitchen and vegetable relish trays for the Thanksgiving celebration.
The work continues the next day, with volunteers delivering meals for people who requested delivery because they are unable to get to the dinner itself. Typically, those meals are delivered between about 9 a. m. and 11 a. m., while the dining area is prepared for the main event.
The main meal itself generally is served from about 11 a. m. to 2 p. m., with no takeouts available there. All delivered meals must be requested by the day before.
During the meal, volunteers help dishing up on the serving line; in the kitchen; setting up the dining room, including cleaning tables, cutting pies, scraping dishes, and so on; helping with the relish trays and stuffing; and cleaning up afterward.
In past years, volunteers also have helped provide entertainment, such as local musicians performing during the meal.
People who wish to volunteer for any of the services needed at the dinner can call Rhines at work at 265-6900, or at home at 265-2737.