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Volunteers, food items sought for free community Thanksgiving dinner in Guilford

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GUILFORD — This will be the 14th annual Thanksgiving dinner offered to the community, by the community. The meal is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day Thursday, Nov. 23 at the Guilford United Methodist Church on the corner of North Main and School streets. Take-out meals are available. Delivered meals and rides to the event may be offered if enough volunteers are available.

Even though the meal is at a church, organizers said it is not a church-related event, but is held there because the facility is donated and features a kitchen and large dining area suitable for hosting dinner for the 60 to 80 people who attend each year.

Volunteers are needed to cook and deliver food to the church, to serve food, to socialize with the guests, to deliver meals to the homebound and to clean up after the meal. Donations of cooked foods delivered to the church by 10 a.m. are being sought, as are donations of cash, and food items such as butter, pickles, coffee, etc. that can be made ahead of the event. Any cash left over after each year’s event is donated to the church food cupboard, and leftover food is packed up and sent home with the guests.

There will be plenty of decks of cards and board games on hand, and people are welcome to stay and socialize after the meal. Volunteers willing to provide live entertainment would also be welcome. To donate, volunteer or obtain information about the free Thanksgiving dinner, please call Kirsty Pratley at 876-4261.

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