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Posted on Nov 24, 2014

Join your neighbors this Thanksgiving for a holiday meal

A longstanding community tradition continues this Thanksgiving with a new location and new sponsors.

The annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be at The Grainery, 101 E St. S.E., on Nov. 27.

On the menu is a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, said Gena Westra, who with her husband Rick has been in charge of the dinner for the last three years.

Turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, corn, homemade dinner rolls and stuffing will be served for the holiday dinner. Homemade apple and pumpkin pie will round out the meal for dessert. All the food is made by volunteers.

Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public is invited to the dinner.

People from “all walks of life” attend the event each Thanksgiving, Westra said. She’s expecting about 350 people to attend.

“Every year we get a little bit more,” she said.

It takes about 30 to 40 volunteers to put on the entire event, Westra said. The event is put on by Faith Community Church with the help of The Grainery, which is donating the space for the event; Quincy Foods, which donated all the vegetables; and Columbia Colstor, which donated the turkeys.

In the past Akins Market supplied all the food, which typically costs about $2,500, Westra said.

Westra said she looks forward to the dinner every year. She sees the time she puts into the event as a way of giving thanks for all the blessings in her life, she said.

And it’s also a wonderful way to bring the town together, she said.

“I just really enjoy everyone gathering as a community,” Westra said.

For more information, call Westra at 398-5514.