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Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner set for November 24

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - For the seventh year, Community Resource partners are once again organizing a free Thanksgiving meal for residents of Sequoyah County. The meal will take place on Wednesday, November 24, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Sallisaw Middle School Cafeteria.

This year the group has increased the number of meals they will be serving from 800 to 1,000 to better serve the community,

"We are really excited and appreciative that Sallisaw Public Schools are allowing us to utilize their cafeteria again this year so that we have the ability to host our event in-person," Event Coordinator Melissa Lowe said. "Last year we held the event as a drive-through and although we were thankful to be able to feed hundreds, it just wasn’t the same as past years."

Lowe said this event initially originated to create a welcoming atmosphere for the community to come and enjoy a family-style, "sit-down meal". Since then the event has doubled in size each year. People come out to eat for various reasons, but one thing is certain, Lowe stated, "We will have plenty of food and everyone is welcome."

"We definitely could not provide this meal without the amazing Sallisaw Public School cooks! These ladies tend to go all out year after year without hesitation, while they are off work on their Thanksgiving break," Lowe said. "These ladies prepare the best meals, complete with everything you would cook for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner."

Steve Rutherford, Sequoyah County Emergency management, has provided masks for the event which will be available upon request during registration, Lowe added. The Kats bus will also be available for those living in city limits, transporting to and from the dinner at no charge.

If anyone would like additional information regarding this event or would like to donate desserts, they may do so by contacting Lowe at 918-776-0848.

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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