For the 17th year in a row, the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 86 out of our own city of Blaine sponsored a Thanksgiving Dinner at the Blaine Senior/Community Center on Thanksgiving Day.
This year was our biggest year, we served 726 meals. We also delivered meals and dished up as many large to-go boxes as people wanted. We had 75 volunteers and without the volunteers or donations this event would not happen.
A special thank you goes out to my main crew that did not see their own bed in over 40 hours, commander James Cleveland, past American Legion commander Jim Shanahan, my beautiful wife, Lisa Carr-Van Duisen, who made the stuffing and yams from scratch for the 726 meals, Julian Pfister, Marie Farrow.
Thank you to the Blaine community for letting us serve you on Thanksgiving.
David Van Duisen, event coordinator
I’d like to thank the man whose dog went to the bathroom on my lawn, who searched every pocket four times before realizing he had left home without cleanup bags, who went home, got bags, and came back to clean up. It is so nice to see someone making the extra effort to be respectful of other people’s property. I hope he and his family have a very Merry Christmas.