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Celebrate Thanksgiving with a community dinner

It’s the traditional feast that Americans anticipate -- Thanksgiving -- with its turkey and all the trimmings. But for some people, preparing the meal is a difficult task.

Community volunteers and Dickinson State University chefs have stepped forward to prepare the annual Dickinson Community Thanksgiving dinner. It will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, in the DSU Student Center downstairs dining room. It’s free. Everyone is invited.

“It’s for the entire community to get together,” said Janet Johanson, speaking for the Thanksgiving dinner committee. “It just gives people an opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving with others.”

It takes a lot of volunteers to make this happen, Johanson added.

“It happens with the generosity of our partnership With DSU.  The chefs help  us -- they do a fantastic job. And the DSU men’s basketball team will help us dish up the take-out meals.”

Pies will be made by students at Dickinson High School and Trinity High School, along with Lefor Christian Mothers. The local grade schools help out with placemats and sometimes make Thanksgiving cards to send with the take-out meals. In addition, cookies are made by the Kid Academy Preschool to set on the tables.

The committee could use some volunteers to help -- call Helena at 701-260-3420 between Nov. 16-21 and between the hours of 4-8 p.m.

To have a meal delivered, call Sandy at 701-290-7509 between 1-6 p.m., from Nov. 16-21. Meals will be delivered between 11 a.m. and noon.

If you would like to donate to the project, send donations to: Dickinson Community Thanksgiving Dinner, P.O. Box 604, Dickinson ND 58602.

With any questions, call Janet at  701-300-3950.

Johanson has been helping organize the event for approximately nine years, and the reason stays the same -- “It’s a wonderful holiday tradition of community giving.