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Dickinson State University to host Thanksgiving community meal

Dickinson State University will host its annual Thanksgiving dinner.

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Dickinson State University's Blue Hawks mascot celebrates the good news. (Contributed / Dickinson State University)

The Dickinson State University Thanksgiving Community Dinner will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 25, at 291 Campus Drive at the DSU Student Center in Dickinson.

Will Davidson, a volunteer who leads the committee that organizes the meal, said he anticipates serving about 1,000 people this year.

“So we do a traditional Thanksgiving meal. So turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and all the fixings with that. There's also pie,” Davidson said.

Anyone is welcome. He said last year they were only able to deliver meals due to the coronavirus pandemic, and that he’s glad to have it in person this year as well because the social interaction and comradery of Thanksgiving is important. Davidson said the community dinner was original started by a Catholic priest in the area in 1984.

“Considering where we are (and) the times that we’re in, so many people have been spending a lot of time alone. Or they’re up here working and they don’t have family nearby,” Davidson said, adding that this is the seventh year he’s been volunteering at this event with his wife and children. They moved to Dickinson from Texas eight years ago. “For us, my family in general, this is a way for us to just give back to the community that we’ve really grown to love. Year after year, we see a lot of the same faces and that means a lot.”

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Several area businesses and organizations have made significant contributions to make the meal happen. They include Marathon Oil, Braun Distributing, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Dickinson Ready Mix and Baker Boy.

Those who would like a meal but cannot make it in person are encouraged to call Sandy Nelson at 701-290-7509 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. The last day to order a meal for delivery is Tuesday, Nov. 23. Davidson said they are still seeking additional volunteers to help serve food and work as delivery drivers. He said to call his wife Stacie at 701-590-8996. He also said the committee appreciates monetary donations, which can be mailed to Dickinson Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Box 604, Dickinson, ND. 58601.

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