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November 4, 2009 > Thanksgiving meal needs help

Thanksgiving meal needs help

Submitted By Shirley Sisk

The freezers are empty and ready - and Tri-Cities League of Volunteers - LOV is waiting for 260 turkeys & 95 hams. So far there are none. Last year 4,765 were served either at the Newark Pavilion or to the homebound in Fremont, Newark, Union City, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Castro Valley.

Besides turkeys, there is need for: 425 pies (all kinds - not just pumpkin), 600 oval roasting pans and all the other ingredients to make it a memorable Thanksgiving holiday for those who would spend the day alone and those who do not have the resources, either money or shelter, to enjoy the traditional Thanksgiving meal and fellowship.

This is a joint effort by "Partner's In Giving", 30 Tri City & Hayward service agencies who will offer an afternoon of good food, entertainment, and children's crafts. In addition we will try to give a free bag of food to every guest, depending on donations received In order to make it easier for guests without transportation volunteers will be personally picked up at seven convenient locations. The seven pick-up points will be posted in Fremont, Newark and Union City.

All guests have to do is call LOV's Program Director, Joanne Paletta, at 491-3799 (cell) to dispatch a "Turkey Taxi" for a ride.

For those who are homebound, meals will be delivered. For homebound meals call LOV at 793-5683.


DONATIONS NEEDED
Hams - turkeys - cranberry sauce, canned string beans & corn - pies - pickles olives - cookies - take home meal containers - instant mashed potato mix turkey/chicken stove top dressing mix - sugar - oval aluminum roasting pans butter (both patties & cubes)- Chinette divided dinner plates - dessert plates plastic eating utensils - grocery bags - mayonnaise packets - sandwich bread rolls - 30 Gal garbage can liners - coffee - tablecloths - sliced pie containers 1/2 pints of milk and orange juice - baby food - styrofoam cups - sterno - paper towels -dish towels - roasting bags - charcoal.

Monetary donations are very welcome to purchase what is not donated. Checks should be payable to LOV, marked "for Thanksgiving" and mailed to 36120 Ruschin Drive, Newark, CA 94560. The need will be greater this year, as there is no meal being served at Centennial Hall in Hayward.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
There are many opportunities to give of yourself this holiday. From November 23 through November 27 - you can: cook a turkey or ham - carve - prepare dressing, or mashed potatoes- bake pies - deliver homebound meals - pick up donations - pack food bags set tables - decorate - serve dinner - clean up - and more.

Check the website www.lov.org and check out the times and opportunities available, then call Harold at 510-793-5683.

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