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Planning a Thanksgiving feast

SoVaNow.com / November 06, 2019


With a menu of slow-roasted turkey, flavorful ham, and all the traditional trimmings, topped by homemade desserts, surrounded by friends and neighbors in a thanksgiving setting, Clarksville’s 12th Community Thanksgiving Dinner offers a special evening of food, fellowship, and thanksgiving for an estimated 900 people on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at the Clarksville Community Center from 5-7 p.m.

Dinners will also be delivered to homebound residents if reservations are made through one of the sponsoring churches Monday, Nov. 25, at noon. Questions about this option should be directed to (434) 372-3211. No take-outs will be available.

The emphasis on “community” begins with the generous, caring members of more than 20 local churches across many denominations who cover part of the costs, prepare and serve the food, and make it so easy for individuals and families to have a carefree night. Others prepare and deliver dinners to homebound members throughout our community. Still others set up tables, wash dishes, and help clean up afterward. Many of the approximately 75 volunteers have helped with this event every year because it provides them a unique opportunity to “give back” and to celebrate what is so special about the Clarksville Community.

The Clarksville Ruritans and VETS, continue to provide generous financial assistance in support of founder Connie Torres’ original objective of providing an evening of fellowship for everyone, regardless of religion, race, or financial status, during this season of sharing and thanksgiving.

The dinner is free, but diners are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the local food pantry.

Last year, Project: Care-For, the local foundation which operates the Clarksville Food Pantry, accepted the responsibility of providing support for the dinner based on the recommendation of former dinner co-coordinators Elaine Senz and Pat Lee.

“We are delighted to be able to provide a permanent home for this exceptional community event and to continue to nurture its strong sense of community. Its financial and volunteer support base closely mirrors that of the Clarksville Food Pantry and enables us to be the best possible stewards of the resources entrusted to us,” said Robert Thaxton, president of Project: Care-For



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