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Thanksgiving volunteers, recipients grateful in Polson

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POLSON — Kim Schmidt is seeing her community through new eyes this Thanksgiving after doctors gave her a 50-50 chance of surviving cancer, and she beat the odds.

“I’m so grateful,” she said. “Every day is a gift, such a big gift.” Schmidt’s thankfulness was bubbling into her conversation with new friends at Polson’s community dinner Nov. 24, where she said her life has come full-circle. While she’s resided across the globe, she chose to “end up at this true gem of a place.”

Polson’s true jewels just may be the plethora of volunteers that made the Thanksgiving feast possible.

Desiree Alexander stood for hours in the fragrant Polson Senior Center kitchen, serving 514 meals and packing 168 boxes of turkey and trimmings for delivery.

“This is my ninth year,” she said, “and I bring my teens to help out.”

As helpers cleared plates and set out pies, Scott and Cheri Hall drove dinners to anyone who called and asked supper to be delivered.

Twice in the day 30 meals were brought to the Lake County Courthouse to feed two shifts of deputies and dispatchers on duty during the holiday. “Helping each other out — that’s what it’s all about,” Scott Hall said.

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