Tables set for Thanksgiving

Community dinner takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday

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How to help

To donate to the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, call Routt County United Way at 879-5605, or Lynn Bear at Wells Fargo at 870-2021.

If you go

What: Community Thanksgiving Dinner

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday

Where: Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave.

— An estimated 150 Routt County cooks will roast turkeys, mash potatoes and bake homemade pumpkin pies this week in preparation for Thanksgiving. But instead of putting the food on their own tables on the big day, their culinary creations will feed the masses at Routt County United Way's annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

"It takes a village to feed the community," said Wells Fargo's Lynn Bear, who is helping organize food donations for the event.

Last week, United Way was still short on food donations, especially turkeys, for Thursday's impending feast. Since then, the phones have been constantly ringing and the Thanksgiving menu is looking good, but additional dishes still are welcome, United Way Executive Director Kelly Stanford said.

"We still probably need some side dishes," Stanford said.

Thursday's menu will include turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and Jell-O salad, rolls and pie.

"We could still use stuffing, sweet potatoes and green bean casserole, whipped cream and another dessert or two," Bear said.

Food donors are asked to bring enough of their dish to feed eight to 10 people, in a disposable container. Donations may be brought to the Steamboat Springs Community Center beginning at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

This year's dinner will be held at the new Steamboat Springs Community Center for the first time, and its large-scale industrial kitchen hopefully will make the day run smoothly for all the volunteer servers, Stanford said.

About 425 people dined at last year's Community Thanksgiving Dinner, served at Holy Name Catholic Church.

"We're expecting more than that," Stanford said. "But just how many remains to be seen on Thursday."

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