Several sites to offer free Thanksgiving meals
IRON MOUNTAIN — Area residents can enjoy a warm meal and friendly fellowship at several sites during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Dickinson County Healthcare System again will offer a free traditional holiday dinner Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, for those who are alone for the holiday, unable to prepare a meal or cannot leave their home to join family and friends.
DCHS has served a free Thanksgiving meal for more than 19 years, with the DCH Activities Committee again offering to fund it. The committee does internal fundraising to pay for the dinner.
“We have the ability to make Thanksgiving Day a great memory for those who otherwise would not enjoy a nice meal, and we couldn’t think of better way to do something nice for the community we love,” a committee member said. “The meal is so well received and it is an awesome thing our staff is glad to do for our community.”
Meal options this year are:
— Delivery: 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. by volunteer drivers.
— Carry out: To be picked up from 11:30 to 11:45 a.m. in the cafeteria;
— Dine-in meals: noon to 1:30 p.m., with meals served in the cafeteria.
To make a reservation, call 906-776-5320 from 8 and 10 a.m. or 2 and 3 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Those who would like to volunteer for the meal service can call 906-776-5521. Last year, the hospital dietary staff served 494 meals – 81 people dined in, 90 meals were carried out and 323 meals were delivered.
They last year prepared 324 pounds of turkey breast, 672 slices of pumpkin pie, four cases of stuffing and three cases of mashed potatoes.
The annual Crystal Falls Community Thanksgiving dinner for residents of Alpha, Amasa and Crystal Falls will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, at Guardian Angels Catholic Church Hall in Crystal Falls.
A traditional turkey dinner will be served. They also will have door prizes for those who attend.
Meal delivery is available, especially those who are ill or elderly. Call 906-284-2039 if interested in receiving a meal at home.
Volunteers still are needed to help with food delivery, food preparation and clean-up. Those interested can call committee members Jane Bal at 906-284-2039 or Chris Sommers at 906-284-0733.
Once again, a free ecumenical Thanksgiving meal will be offered starting at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church in Iron River.
The meal will feature turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pie.
Take-outs can be picked up at 12:30 p.m. with delivered meals to go out at noon. Those who are interested in having a meal — either home-delivered, take-out or in the hall — should call 906-265-2018 by Sunday. Leave a message with a phone number if the phone is not answered.
Anyone willing to volunteer for the meal can call 906-284-3500. Duties include food preparation, deliveries, serving and clean-up.
Pembine Area Christians will host its 20th annual community Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, at the Pembine Town Hall on Sauld Street.
There is no charge for the meal, though a free-will offering can be given for those wishing to contribute. The public is welcome. No reservations are required.
“The dinner is a way for community members to come together in thanks for a time of sharing both a meal, and fellowship,” organizer Kris McClellan said. “It is great for those who might otherwise be alone.”
For more information, call McClellan at 715-324-5219.
For the fourth consecutive year, Northwood’s Apostolic Church will have its free community Thanksgiving Day dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, at the Crivitz Village Hall.
The meal will include all the traditional foods such as turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, pies and various drinks.
Delivery is available within the village of Crivitz. Contact the church at 715-983-4935.