Loneliness really hits home when realize you have no plans for the holidays.
Can you imagine spending Thanksgiving by yourself?
Many can. Young single people, senior citizens, and the homeless know what it's like. It's not fun.
Thankfully, there are community-minded groups and individuals in the area who want to welcome these people to join their tables.
In fact, there are four community Thanksgiving holiday meals planned in the area - Norway, Iron River, Iron Mountain and Pembine.
And everybody's welcome.
Grace United Methodist Church of Norway will be hosting a free community Thanksgiving meal from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17.
The menu will be a traditional Thanksgiving feast that includes turkey, all the trimmings, and topped off with pumpkin pie.
There is no cost for dinner, but a donation basket will be available for those who want to make a contribution toward the free meals program.
Meals will also be delivered in the Norway-Vulcan area upon request. Reservations for the meal were requested before Nov. 14, but participants can also call anytime prior to the dinner by contacting Chris Spence at 282-9752.
In Iron River, two churches are teaming up to host a community Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 28.
First Presbyterian Church and Grace Covenant Church will host the sit-down meal at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian. Take out meals will also be available.
Menu includes turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, cranberry sauce, roll and pumpkin pie with whipped cream.
"We are counting on a generous community to help us fill out the menu," said Marilyn Budzak, event coordinator.
They are still in need of 10 turkeys between 20 and 25 pounds, cooked, carved and brought to the church by 10 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. They also could use the gravy from them.
For more information, call the church at 265-2018 or Budzak at 265-2258.
In Pembine, Wis., the Pembine Area Christians is planning its 14th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pembine Town Hall.
"This dinner is a wonderful way for folks in the community to come together in thanks for a time of sharing both a meal, and fellowship," said Dan McClellan, of the Pembine Area Christians. "It is especially great for those who might otherwise be alone or perhaps don't have the resources for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner."
There is no cost for the meal. There will be a free-will offering for those wishing to contribute.
"If you know of anyone who is not able to go out, you are welcome to bring dinner to them," McClellan said.
Donations of food and/or monetary gifts are welcome.
For more information, contact Dan or Kris McClellan at (715) 324-5219.
Last, but not least, Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain is hosting its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner.
The Dickinson County Healthcare System dinner is provided for people who are alone for the holiday, or who cannot leave their home to enjoy a meal with family and friends, a spokesperson said.
The dinner will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, in the Oasis Cafeteria of Dickinson County Memorial Hospital from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Meals that are delivered will start at 10:30 a.m. with a limit of six meals for each address.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling 776-5320 before 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26.
"Volunteers are needed to help with this meal. We welcome volunteers from the community to help us make this day a special one," organizers said.
To help out with the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, contact Sheri at 776-5404.
When it comes to helping others, you can't beat the residents of the Dickinson-Iron County area and northeastern Wisconsin.