By TERRI CASTELAZ
IRON MOUNTAIN - Area communities are once again offering a traditional Thanksgiving meal this holiday season.
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Deb Knox of Iron Mountain shops for her Thanksgiving turkey Friday in Iron Mountain. Area agencies and groups are offering free turkey meals for needy and lonely individuals this Thanksgiving.
Dinners will be offers in Iron Mountain, Iron River, Norway, Felch and Pembine.
The Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain is hosting its traditional Thanksgiving Day meal.
The hospital plans this annual event for those who are alone for the holiday or who cannot leave their home to enjoy the festivities with family and friends.
Individuals and families are welcome for dinner on Thursday, Nov. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Dickinson County Memorial Hospital Oasis Cafeteria.
Meals are also being delivered beginning at 10:30 a.m. There is a limit of six meals per address.
Reservations are required. Call 776-5320 before 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, to reserve a meal or schedule delivery of a meal.
Organizers are also currently seeking volunteers from the community to help make the event special. Anyone wishing to help can call Jan at 776-5417.
"Dickinson County Healthcare System has been providing a community Thanksgiving meal for about 20 years and serves close to 800 meals with about 550 being delivered to people's homes," commented John Schon, administrator/CEO. "We are able to continue this tradition because of the dedication of our employees, particularly our dietary staff, as well as the many committed community volunteers who deliver the meals. Events such as this would not possible without the dedication, enthusiasm and good heart of this community. Thank you to everyone."
The First Presbyterian Church of Iron River has planned a community Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 22.
There will be a sit-down dinner to accommodate all those really interested in celholiday. They will also have deliveries and take-outs available.
"There is a committee of 10, nine women and one gentleman, working on the dinner, and several others are pledging their time on Thanksgiving to help out in the kitchen, or with deliveries," said a church spokesperson.
The church is asking for food donations rather than money. The turkeys and pies are already taken care of thanks to seven good cooks, and the Grace Covenant Church for the pies.
Items still needed include eight institutional sized cans of green beans, corn or vegetable medley, and 35 cans of cranberry sauce to accommodate the deliveries. Persons can volunteer one can, or as much as you want. Call (906) 265-2258 if you're interested in donating.
"If you are in the decorating mood, the church welcomes disposable Thanksgiving tablecloths, napkins, dessert plates, or any little favors you would put out for the sit-down dinner crew," she adds. "Organizers are pleased with all those volunteering food, time, or items, and your input is welcome in this great meal."
Reservations for dinner along with those wanting deliveries, and take-outs will be taken starting Thursday, Nov. 15 and will be taken until Tuesday, Nov. 20. Call (906) 265-2018 or (906) 265-2258 with number and meals and addresses.
There will be a community Thanksgiving dinner at the Pembine town hall on Thanksgiving Day from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
There is no cost for the meal. There will be a free will offering for those wishing to contribute. Donations of food and/or monetary gifts are welcome.
Everyone is welcome.
Any questions contact Dan or Kris McClellan at (715) 324-5219.
The hall is located on Sauld Street in Pembine.
At the Felch Community Center there will be a free community Thanksgiving day dinner on Thursday, Nov. 22, served from noon to 1:30 p.m.
The dinner is sponsored by the Abiding Word Lutheran Church.
Reservations are appreciated, but not required. Those can call Jan Dynes at 246-3122; Darlene Davidson at 246-3567; Janet Lantz at 246-3262 or Shirley Skogman at 246-3334.
For those who are homebound a meal is available for delivery or those who need a ride they church will be providing transportation to the meal.
"Everyone is invited to join them for good food and good fellowship on Thanksgiving," said a event organizer.
A traditional Thanksgiving feast of turkey and all the trimmings, including pumpkin pie, will be served at Grace United Methodist Church of Norway today.
Serving hours are from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church, located at 130 O'Dill Drive behind the Jake Menghini Museum.
The Thanksgiving dinner will be the free community meal for November.
"Individuals and families facing economic challenges are especially encouraged to attend, but everyone is welcome," said a church spokesperson.
No reservations are necessary for walk-ins.
The community meals program is partially underwritten by an Emerging Ministries grant through the Marquette District Office of the United Methodist Church.
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