Organizers Prepare for Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner


Volunteers are preparing for next week’s Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner in Ottumwa

The feast will be staged from the Knights of Columbus at 123 W. Third Street. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no dine-in option but anyone who wants a meal can pick one up on Thursday, November 26th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Pam Ward is one of the organizers of the event and she tells Ottumwa Radio News the need for volunteers is great, just like any year. Anyone who chooses to donate their time will be asked to prepare food, box meals, deliver the dinners, or clean up. Ward says they won’t turn away anyone who wants to help.

“If you can do a job, we can find a job for you to do,” ward says.

Community members interested in volunteering just need to show up at the Knights of Columbus around 9:15 AM on Thanksgiving Day. Volunteers that want to lend a hand to clean up should arrive at 11:30 AM.

For those who cannot make it to the Knights of Columbus to pick up a meal, there is a delivery option available but a reservation must be made by Wednesday, November 25th. Reservations will be taken between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM by calling either Sylvia at (641) 980-4735 or Angie or Koree at (641) 226-2313.

This year’s meal includes turkey, dressing, potatoes and gravy, a vegetable, roll, and dessert. Ward says the generous donations of various businesses, the Wapello County Foundation, and many other individuals made it possible to have this event. Ward anticipates 1,800 meals will be served this year. Last year, Ward says volunteers served 1,600 meals to the community.

The Thanksgiving meals are free and available to anyone in the community.

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