November 23, 2013

Volunteers gear up for Thanksgiving meals

PLATTSBURGH — The Salvation Army expects to serve at least 350 meals at the Thanksgiving Day dinner it hosts with the Plattsburgh Elks Lodge.

It is one of three free meals being served that day around the North Country.


The annual Salvation Army meal is free and open to all; no takeouts will be provided.

Seating for the dinner, which takes place at the Elks Lodge, 56 Cumberland Ave., begins at 11:30 a.m., with meals served up starting at noon.

Transportation will be provided between the Salvation Army Service Center at 4804 South Catherine St. and the Elks Lodge, with stops at the Plattsburgh Housing Authority senior high-rise buildings.

For its first of two round trips, the van will leave the Salvation Army at 11 a.m. and make pickups at the senior housing between 11:05 and 11:30 a.m.

To sign up to volunteer at the dinner or to make a donation, call 561-2951 between 9:15 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Community partners in the annual effort include the Lake Champlain Turkey Talkers chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, donating turkeys and hams; Pepsi; Hood; Pray’s Farmers Market; Hannaford; Rambach’s Bakery; and Duquette’s Farm.


A free Thanksgiving dinner will also be served at Three Steeples United Methodist Church in Champlain that day.

It’s for people who will be alone on the holiday, those struggling financially and senior citizens, said Ella Blixt, who is organizing the church-sponsored event with her husband, David.

“The only thing we ask is that you call ahead,” Mrs. Blixt said, urging diners to RSVP no later than Wednesday, Nov. 27, by calling 298-8854.

They need numbers to plan how much food to prepare, she said.


A free Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner will be held noon to 2 p.m. at Westport Federated Church, 7 Bay Breeze Lane.

Volunteers are needed to help with preparations, serving and clean up. Call 962-4465 for information.

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