Group seeks helping hands with freewill Thanksgiving meal


  Volunteers are gearing up for another freewill community Thanksgiving dinner. Held at the Bolin multi-purpose room, the Thanksgiving community meal has continued to remain popular since its inception in 2005. 

But the founding group of volunteers, namely Jerrol and Barb Rittal and Chip and Ginny Mintz, who are now on their eighth year of providing the meal, say this will be their last endeavor at creating a homecooked community Thanksgiving meal.
“We’re hoping some organization or group will take over for us,” Barb Rittal said Monday.
Staple supplies like dinnerware, plates and decorations will be passed on to any group wishing to take on the charitable activity, Rittal said.
This year’s meal will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28 and is set to begin at 12:15 p.m. at the Bolin multi-purpose room. The traditional Thanksgiving meal dishes include turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and sweet potatoes. Homemade fresh rolls and plenty of salads are also on the menu. The meal will also include relish trays and dessert favorites, highlighting a wide variety of fresh pies, baked by Jody Haidle’s high school culinary classes.
The meal has been made possible through the donations and volunteer help of many individuals and organizations over the years, Rittal said. 
This year the group is hoping to draw in a few more volunteers to help with the setup and cleanup details. Setup for the meal usually begins Wednesday afternoon. Cleanup details begin about 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.
Deliveries of meals are also available as well as rides to the community meal. For more information or to donate or offer assistance to the meal please call Barb Rittal at 635-2163.

Published November 6, 2013

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