By Liz Wood 

Volunteers carry on community tradition

170 people fed at annual helping hands dinner


Liz Wood

Janice Kerpan, left, and Debby Wada, right, serves up vegetables for a plate held by Joni Johnson to go out for delivery Thanksgiving day.

For most people the traditional Thanksgiving dinner is going to grandma's house for a family get together.

In Saratoga, a handful of people volunteered their time to uphold a 19-year tradition – Thanksgiving dinner at St. Ann's Parish Hall.

More than 130 people attended the Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday and another 40 meals were sent out to people eating at home.

"I don't know any other way to spend Thanksgiving," volunteer Don Herold said. He and his wife are members of the Platte Valley Helping Hands.

Merlynn and Ron Hoopes were volunteering at St. Ann's too. Their grown children showed...

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