Reaching out for Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a time when families and friends come together to share and connect with each other, and in that same spirit, several groups in Prineville are doing the same — coming together to provide a community Thanksgiving meal.
Dillion's Grill, Eastside Church, Prineville Counseling Center and Lutheran Community Services will host the meal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, at Eastside Church, 3174 NE Third St. Last year, Lutheran Community Services hosted the dinner at its facility.
"With everything that is going on at Lutheran Services, and with all the changes, Eastside decided to have it here this year," said Whitney Crenshaw, who is organizing the event.
Heading into its third year, this the first time that all four of the partners have been involved in the dinner, and they are predicting a larger group of people than they have in previous years. Prineville Counseling Center has donated toward the dinner, but Dillon's Grill will provide the meal.
"It's more than just supplying food," said Dillon's Grill owner Jim Roths. "To me it's all about culture. The thing that is so exciting for me is to see Erin and this team come to me, and say 'Hey, listen, this is something we want to do.'"
He said it's also important to him, and he loves that his team wanted to do the dinner as well.
"To me it's finding ways to give back to the community and take care of those who are less fortunate," added Roths.
"Three years ago, Sabrina Williams, our kitchen manager, and I wanted to help those on Thanksgiving have a nice hot meal," said Erin Keaffaber, manager at Dillon's Grill. "Our first year was 15 people, the second was over 100, and now we are expecting 250."
The menu includes ham, turkey, sweet potatoes, deviled eggs, green bean casserole, stuffing, rolls and dessert, along with a choice of coffee, iced tea or lemonade.
"This is a great way to kick off the holiday season of giving," said Keaffaber. "We love to see how many people get to enjoy a hot meal on this holiday."
The event is an open invitation for the community to come, celebrate and share in the holiday, and all of the organizers and partners this year are looking forward to seeing people come together.
"Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the miracles of the year, remember why we appreciate each other, and offer praise to the One who made it all possible," said Brian Carmack, lead pastor of Eastside.
"If you are looking for a place to join in the Thanksgiving celebration with good food and good friends, we would love to have you come and share in this meal with us," he said, thanking the other partners of the event for sharing their resources to make the event happen.
Two shuttles will be provided for anyone who needs transportation. The first will pick people up at 10:45 a.m. in front of the courthouse and drop them off at 11:45 a.m. Another pickup will be done at that time, with dropoff at 12:45 p.m.
Crenshaw added that last year, several people walked to the dinner, and Eastside Church is on the edge of town. For more information about the dinner or to get information on available transportation to the event, call Eastside Church at 541-447-3791.
"This is a great outreach for our community, and we are happy to be a part of it," said Donna Hamlin of Prineville Counseling Center. "We hope that many people enjoy a great dinner and a great time of gathering together in a warm and comfortable environment."
Community Thanksgiving Meal
When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, November 28
Where: Eastside Church, 3174 NE Third St., Prineville
Menu: Ham, turkey, green bean casserole, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls, deviled eggs, dessert and coffee, tea or lemonade.
Shuttles to and from Crook County Courthouse: pickups, 10:45 and 11:45 a.m.; dropoffs, 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
Information: Eastside Church, 541-447-3791
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