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November 29, 2013

Annual-community feast draws diners near and far

PLATTSBURGH — Pumpkin pie, his favorite, was among the remains before Fred Christman Thursday afternoon in the Elks Lodge 621 in Plattsburgh.

The Saranac resident drove to the city to attend the Salvation Army Thanksgiving Meal with his two sons, Kimarley and Alex.

Christman grew up in Morrisonville and has holiday memories of lots of relatives eating a lot of food around a big table. 

Asked what he is thankful for, Christman said, “That I’m still alive.”

Christman and his sons were among more than 200 diners who attended the annual community feast.

The event was months in the making and spearheaded by Envoys Frank and Sue Smith of the Salvation Army Plattsburgh Corps.

“We have some groups that have been generous throughout the years,” Mrs. Smith said. “The National Turkey Federation, each year they donate the turkey and the ham. Pepsi and Hood donate drinks. Pray’s Farmers Market and Doucette (Potato Farm), they donate vegetables. Rambach’s donates baked goods. We just have wonderful community support throughout the year, and the Elks have been wonderful. This is our fourth year collaborating with them. This is a beautiful location. The dining room is just absolutely gorgeous out here.”

Diners glanced out at sunny views of the lake as they ate ham, turkey, corn, green beans, stuffing, cranberry sauce and rolls while leaving room for dessert.

“We have so many volunteers, church groups and families that come out together,” Mrs. Smith said. “The community is so wonderful to support this. Most of the time, we have so many volunteers we don’t know what to do with them. They just come and pitch in and serve the desserts and drinks. It’s great for the people in the community because some don’t have families and friends close by and they come. Some, there are only one or two in their family, and they don’t want to fix a big meal. They come and share with family and friends around the table or they meet people. It’s just a wonderful opportunity for people to get to know each other. We love this community. They’re very supportive.”

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