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Churches serving free Thanksgiving meals

First United Methodist Church in Fairfield will host its 13th annual free Thanksgiving dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the church.


The meal, which is put together by volunteers from the community, is open to the public, with no reservations required.


Volunteers also will be delivering Thanksgiving meals to those who are homebound. Those who would like a meal delivered should contact the church office at 472-4303 or the Fairfield Senior Citizen Center at 472-4403 by 4 p.m. Wednesday.


This year?s feast includes turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, roll, dessert and drink.


The food was donated by the Methodist church, as well as other local churches, organizations and businesses.


Volunteers for the event usually start preparations around 8-8:30 a.m., with those volunteering to serve coming in around 10:45 a.m. Anyone from the community is welcome to volunteer and can just show up at the church to help.


Organizers say they are glad to be able to serve the free Thanksgiving dinner each year because they know not everyone has a place to go for a family atmosphere of food and fellowship; no one is a stranger and everyone socializes and meets new friends.


For more information about the Fairfield community Thanksgiving dinner, call Carrie Brownlee at 469-6273..


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Packwood Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will host its annual free Thanksgiving feast at noon Thursday at the church in Packwood.


The meal is open to the public, and organizers Amy Clark and Frosty Van Voorst are reminding everyone that reservations are necessary. For reservations call either Clark at 919-8884 or Van Voorst at 319-695-3009 today.


?We?ve done this for [more than] 20 years now,? said Van Voorst. ?We actually started back in 1994. Initially we set it up because we knew that many people didn?t have family gatherings or can?t afford to go out and eat at some other place.?


Van Voorst said everyone is welcome to enjoy the event: complete families, singles and couples.


The dinner is an opportunity to eat and have a good time while visiting with others, he said.


In the past, up to nearly 50 guests were served Thanksgiving dinner each year.