By Charlotte Burrous
Many people celebrate Thanksgiving Day by gathering with family, having a huge meal and watching football on television. For some people, they will be alone for the holidays. But they don’t have to be. Two organizations have planned Thanksgiving Day meals for the community.
Just as it has for many years, the VFW and Auxiliary will continue its tradition by serving a Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28 at 215 Cottonwood Ave. in Cañon City.
“We’ll be having our free community dinner from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day,” said VFW Post 4061 Commander Paula Price. “If they want carryout, they need to call no later than the day before Thanksgiving. We don’t take any takeout orders the day of Thanksgiving. Take out will be available at 10 o’clock Thanksgiving morning.”
The meal will consist of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, vegetables, yams, stuffing, dessert, beverages and more.To make it possible, VFW requests donations for the meals.
“Any donations of turkeys, ham or money would be greatly appreciated,” Price added. “We served (more than) 600 people on Thanksgiving last year. It took 15 hands and 15 turkeys.”
Also volunteers are needed to help with decorations, set up tables, dish and serve the meals, as well as handle other details.
Those who would like to have carry-outs are asked to call before the big day.
“It’s always a good time,” Price said. “We hope to have some music --- like a banjo player. A good time will be had (by all). We appreciate all the volunteers we’ve had in the past and look forward to them helping us in the future.”
Everyone is invited to come down to enjoy the meal and fellowship with others.
In the meantime, Florence Elks Lodge No. 611 will start a new tradition when it serves a Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28 at 131 E. Front St. in Florence.
The members will serve a traditional meal with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry, vegetables, dessert and beverages.
To make it possible, the Elks also are asking for donations of turkeys and all the fixings.
Everyone is welcome to come in, enjoy the meal, fellowship with others and have a great Thanksgiving Day. Yes, football will be aired on the TVs around the Lodge.
For more information, call 719-784-3892.