United Way soliciting food for annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Donations still needed for event Thursday

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With just a few days until the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Routt County United Way is seeking food donations.

United Way Executive Director Kelly Stanford said the nonprofit needs turkeys and sides, including stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes and green bean casserole. But she said one thing they don’t need is volunteers. Stanford said nearly 100 people will give their time during the event.

The dinner will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. It’s free and open to anyone.

Stanford said last year’s event served nearly 700 people and she has enough plates for 800 this year.

“It’s a great event. It’s a lot of fun,” she said. “If people have never been a part of it we encourage them to come out and bring some food.”

Stanford said people also could bring nonperishable food items, such as pre-prepared gravy, Hawaiian punch and powdered lemonade mix. She said the drop-off time for perishable food is between 9:30 and 11 a.m. at the community center.

All food needs to be cooked for eight to 10 people and in a disposable container.

She asked anyone who wanted to donate food to call the United Way at 970-879-5605.

This year’s corporate sponsor is Wells Fargo, Stanford said. She said other sponsors are Go Alpine, Steaming Bean Coffee Co., Artesian Co., Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co., Steamboat Smokehouse, Freshies Restaurant, Flyte Sound DJ Service, 3 Wire Bar & Grill, RouttCounty Council on Aging, Steve Green Co., Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., city of Steamboat Springs and United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs.

Go Alpine will provide rides to anyone who calls 970-879-TAXI (8294).

To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com

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