Thanksgiving Day volunteer cooks are needed

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What would Thanksgiving be without green beans baked in cream of mushroom soup?

The United Way and Vectra Bank are hosting the annual community Thanksgiving Day dinner this year. Once again, they are seeking volunteers to prepare home-cooked side dishes for the feast that typically feeds between 300 and 350 people.

The dinner is from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Community Center.

Every year, volunteers bring turkey, salads, gravy and stuffing in disposable serving containers to feed the masses. Nonperishable items will be taken the evening before Thanksgiving from 6 to 8 p.m. Perishable hot dishes should be dropped off after 10 a.m. Thanksgiving Day.

Volunteers this year are being asked to call Amy Schmidt at Vectra Bank, 879-4949, in advance. Schmidt said Tuesday that she already has ample volunteers who are baking pies. She has need for more turkeys, and she has blank sign-up sheets for green salads, as well as mashed and sweet potatoes.

The holiday dinner in Steamboat provides meals for people in need, but it goes beyond that. A wide range of community members and families who want to experience a shared community dinner turn out for the event. Resort workers, whose employment season hasn't yet begun, often are enthusiastic attendees.

The United Way's Millie Beall said involving children in food preparation for the event is a good way to teach them the meaning behind the traditional holiday meal.

-- To reach Tom Ross call 871-4205

or e-mail tross@steamboatpilot.com

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