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Perham, NY Mills serve up community Thanksgiving dinners

If area volunteers have anything to say about it, everyone will have a traditional hot turkey dinner this Thanksgiving.

In both Perham and New York Mills, preparations are underway to provide Thanksgiving dinners for those in need.

In Perham, the 14th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held at Northwoods Assembly of God Church on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Guests can expect a traditional turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, rolls and a variety of homemade pies.

Organizer Bobbie Currier said last year's event served 149 people, an increase of 30 meals over the year before. Forty-nine of those meals were delivered to people at their homes or places of employment around town; the rest were served to diners at the church. Ten whole turkeys were needed to feed the crowd.

The dinner is possible through the help of 40 to 50 community volunteers, along with donations from local businesses and organizations.

Currier said, "If anyone would like to volunteer, they can certainly call the church."

To request a delivery meal, or for more information, call 346-5433 or visit

In New York Mills, the third annual Community Thanksgiving event will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. Meals are being prepared for an expected 300 guests.

"We are growing every year. Last year it went beyond our expectations," organizer Karen Brasel said. Yet they "always have enough" for all.

Around 50 volunteers cook, serve and deliver a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to those in need in the community.

"It's a fun thing to do," Brasel said. "We want people to come and enjoy."

It's an opportunity for "sharing God's blessings with anyone," she added.

Expect turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, squash, coleslaw and pumpkin pie.

Following the meal, guests are welcome to stay for a worship service.

Delivery requests should be made by Sunday, Nov. 18, although they will still be accepted after that.

For more information, call Brasel at 385-2772.