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Community Invited To Share Dinner
It's time again for the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner in Escalon, open to all at no charge on Thanksgiving Day at the Escalon Community Center.

Organizer this year is Chris Weckerly, who said the final pieces are falling into place to put on the dinner on Nov. 22.

"The Thanksgiving Community Dinner Committee gratefully acknowledges donations of food, volunteers, and money," said Weckerly. "Because of community support and sponsorship of the Escalon Ministerial Association, we are once again able offer a free Thanksgiving dinner to those who come to the Community Center or deliver meals to homes on Thanksgiving Day."

Weckerly offered thanks to local businesses "who always support community efforts" and to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department, which donated 10 turkeys to the committee. The City of Escalon is allowing the committee to put on the dinner at the Community Center, offering use of the facility free of charge.

"Thank you to the many who have been calling, including 20 varsity football players, to offer their time to help prepare, serve, or deliver meals," Weckerly said. "It is these donations that make it possible for us to invite anyone who desires to come for a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings at no cost."

Volunteers that want to help out can come to the Community Center at 5 p.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 21, to help set up and receive assignments for Thursday, added Weckerly. Volunteers are also welcome to come decorate on Wednesday, even if they can't help on Thursday.

For those that want to join in the festivities, dinner will be served on Thursday, Nov. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Deliveries will begin at 11 a.m.; call Dee (838-6808) or Chris (838-8399) before 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for delivery service.