Free Thanksgiving dinner Thursday

Published on Thu, Nov 20, 2008 by Tara Nelson

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Free Thanksgiving dinner Thursday

By Tara Nelson

Low-income residents without dinner plans this Thanksgiving can join their neighbors for a complete turkey meal with all the trimmings at the Blaine Senior Center, compliments of the American Legion Peace Arch Post 86 in Birch Bay.

Rob McIsaac, event coordinator for the legion, said the legion provided meals to more than 150 people last year, although he expects a slightly higher turnout this year. Some of those meals were delivered to residents who were unable to leave their homes, McIsaac said.

“The meal is for low-income people but also for anyone who might be alone on Thanksgiving,” he said. “Of course, we ask those who are lonely but can afford to pay a donation, please do so, although we don’t care what kind of donation it is. The most important thing is that we feed people that might otherwise not have a chance to have a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving or be with their own family.”

This year, the Blaine Cost Cutter store as well as the Salvation Army, Genco, Dick Bedlington Farms, Aluminum Chambered Boats, The Bank of the Pacific, and the Blaine Senior Center have provided cash and food donations for the dinner.

The Whatcom County Health Department have donated the health permit.

Doors open at 11 a.m. and dinner will be served beginning at 11:30 and ending around 3 p.m. so that volunteers on duty can return home to be with their families.

For more information, or to volunteer prior to the day of the event, call 371-7311.

Donations will also be accepted prior to and at the event.

Those interested in delivered meals must register in advance with the Blaine Senior Center by calling 332-8040.