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Churches, community center are among options for celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday in town

PMG FILE PHOTO - Ray Klupenger, a parishioner of St Cyril's Catholic Church since 1963, cooked stuffing in preparation for the 2018 Thanksgiving meal.

For many, Thanksgiving represents family, food and gratitude.

But not everyone has relatives nearby or enough money to afford a plentiful meal, while others are looking for ways to show appreciation by helping the less fortunate.

Luckily, Wilsonville has a few options. Here are some ideas:

St. Cyril's meal

For the sixth consecutive year, members of St. Cyril's Catholic Church in Wilsonville will spend Thanksgiving eve and Thanksgiving morning roasting a stuffed turkey and preparing tasty side dishes in the church's kitchen.

Then, from 12-2:30 p.m.Thursday, they will provide the feast for free to community members. About 40 volunteers put on the annual event annually, which about 125 people attended last year.

Along with turkey, this year's menu will include potatoes mixed with vegetables, sweet potatoes, stuffing made with sausage, fruit cups, cranberries and gravy. Other options also available for those who can't have dairy or gluten.

St. Cyril's parishioner Eileen Clarkson, who organizes the event, said the meal fits in with the church's overall mission.

"We enjoy the whole idea, and it helps us live out our mission — looking out for other people, being compassionate. We have a beautiful facility that would otherwise not be used," she said.

Clarkson said some homeless people attend the event and volunteers also take leftovers to people living outside. They also advertise at churches, Wilsonville Community Sharing and other areas around town.

"It's open and welcome to anyone who wants to come," Clarkson said.

Clarkson also encourages people who don't have anywhere to go for Thanksgiving or don't want to put the time and effort to make the meal to come as well.

"I think some community sharing is important. People over the years probably have experienced some of that where they are in different parts of their life, don't have family around them," Clarkson said. "People enjoy it and get to know other people sitting at the table with them."

If you would like to volunteer for the event, contact Clarkson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Community Center lunch

The Wilsonville Community Center is offering an early Thanksgiving meal with turkey, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, stuffing, green beans and pumpkin pie at noon Friday, Nov. 22. Reservations and payments aren't needed. However, donations of $3.50 for guests over 60 years old and $4.25 for those under 60 are encouraged.

The event is held the week before Thanksgiving because City of Wilsonville facilities are closed on the holiday.

Meal guests often come from nearby retirement facilities like Creekside Woods. For more information, call the center at 503-570-1527.

"The most important thing (about the event) would be the friendships they have with one another and getting to have a good meal with company," said Janice Mash, the community center nutritional specialist. "For a lot of seniors they are alone a lot, so coming here is a great social event for them."

McMenamins special

McMenamins Old Church and Pub is offering a Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28. Entrees include roasted turkey with trimmings, seared salmon, grilled New York strip steak and a vegetarian plate. Costs range from $21-$29.

To make a reservation, which is suggested, call 503-427-2500.

Methodist Church meal

Wilsonville United Methodist Church is hosting a Thanksgiving meal 4-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23. All are welcome.

Donate to Food Bank

Wilsonville Community Sharing, which operates the Wilsonville Food Bank, accepts food donations during the holiday season but prefers cash donations so the nonprofit organization can help people who are in danger of losing heat in their homes. However, if you would like to donate food, the organization prefers canned food, fruits, vegetables, jellies/jams and cereal. For more information, visit http://wilsonvillecommunitysharing.org/.


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