Mission Valley communities serve 1,600 Thanksgiving dinners to neighbors
LAKE COUNTY — On Thanksgiving Day, a smidge more than 130 people enjoyed a traditional in-person sit-down dinner hosted at the Ronan Community Center.
“All those who came were very happy and thankful,” said dinner organizer Rita Ulutoa.
The free community feast featured classic Thanksgiving fixings — turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.
In lieu of an in-person, sit-down meal, the Mission Valley Elks Lodge provided the community with to-go turkey dinners.
The “scratch-made” dinner was free of charge to any who would enjoy it and was available by either curbside pickup or delivery.
Vehicles began lining up in front of the lodge and along Main Street well before the 11 a.m. pick-up start time noted Polson Community Thanksgiving Dinner coordinator Tracy Plaiss.
By 2 p.m., a little more than 1,500 hot turkey meals made their way out of the kitchen and outside into the waiting cars.
In St. Ignatius at the Senior Center parking lot, a free curbside pickup Thanksgiving meal which included a menu of turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, veggies, rolls, dessert and a drink was offered to anyone looking for a meal or who knew someone in need.