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Escalon residents will gather for a Community Thanksgiving Dinner tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Escalon Community Center.

Coordinator Beverly Arnold said the final pieces are falling in to place, with local resident Tommy Joyce overseeing all the cooking, guaranteeing a tasty holiday meal.

"I hope to see all the families from before and more," Arnold said of opening the meal up to all residents.

People that don't have the means to provide a meal, those with no family in the area, even those that just want to come and share the holiday with fellow citizens are welcome. There is no charge, though donations are accepted.

"Tommy is cooking up several more turkeys than last year so there will be leftovers for people to take home to make the best tasting turkey sandwiches ever," Arnold added.

The Community Center will be open for the meal and residents can come in at any time during the 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. time frame to eat. Deliveries are also available for those that can't get out to the Community Center. Contact DeeAnna Jackson at 838-6808 for home delivery. Leave your name, number of dinners needed and the address, but speak slowly and clearly.

Crews will be out delivering the meals and volunteers will also staff the community dinner, waiting on diners and making sure everyone has all they want to eat.

"We need volunteers to help set up, Wednesday evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.," Arnold said of making final preparations at the Community Center.

The volunteer crew for Thursday is also ready to go, people filling jobs from washing dishes to waiting on tables to packing the home-delivered meals.

Arnold said people can still make donations to help defray the costs of putting on the holiday meal. Checks can be made out to the Escalon Ministerial Association and sent to P.O. Box 1, Escalon, CA 95320 or given at the Community Center the day of the meal.

Officials are planning for a larger turnout than last year, and Arnold said with plenty of 20-pound turkeys being roasted, she's sure there will be plenty to go around. All are welcome to come join the feast.