Food donations needed for Thanksgiving dinner in Steamboat

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Past Event

Routt County United Way Community Thanksgiving Dinner

  • Thursday, November 22, 2012, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs
  • All ages / Free

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How to help

People interested in preparing food for the dinner should call United Way at 970-879-5605. The food needs to be cooked and dropped off at the Community Center in a disposable container from 9:30 to 11 a.m. In addition to turkey, the United Way needs donations of stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberries, salad and desserts. The dishes should serve eight to 10 people.

— Organizers do not want to contend with a turkey shortage again this year during the Routt County United Way Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

People have committed to cooking 15 turkeys for this year’s free dinner, but another 15 to 18 are needed as well as other food donations.

United Way Executive Director Kelly Stanford said that last year, a record 900 plates of food were served, and the 30 donated turkeys were gone by 4 p.m. Fortunately, a young couple brought in a turkey late in the afternoon and saved the community dinner.

“I told them they were the heroes of the afternoon,” Stanford said.

People interested in preparing food for the dinner should call United Way at 970-879-5605. The food needs to be cooked and dropped off at the Community Center in a disposable container from 9:30 to 11 a.m. In addition to turkey, United Way needs donations of stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberries, salad and desserts. The dishes should serve eight to 10 people.

“I have a feeling it will come together,” Stanford said.

While Thanksgiving might have snuck up on people wanting to prepare food, Stanford said more than enough people have come forward to volunteer during the event, and no more volunteers are needed.

“People are excited to be a part of it,” Stanford said. “It really, truly is a community event.”

Stanford said the annual dinner is attended by a variety of people. Residents bring their families, and some visitors also have made the event a tradition. The dinner helps build community, Stanford said, and it also serves as an opportunity to provide a Thanksgiving dinner to people who otherwise would not get one.

“It’s a good way to get a sense of what our community is all about and to connect to people,” Stanford said.

In addition to food donations and volunteers, several local organizations make the dinner possible.

Wells Fargo donated money to help advertise the event. Equipment and other materials for the dinner have been donated by the city of Steamboat Springs, The Steamboat Grand, Steamboat Smokehouse, Freshies, Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co. and Steve Green Co.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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