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Turkey and trimmings turns 22

Platte Valley Helping Hands hosts 22nd annual free Thanksgiving Dinner


The 22nd annual Platte Valley Helping Hands (PVHH) Free Thanksgiving Dinner is coming. The dinner will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day—Thursday, Nov. 23—at St. Ann’s Parish Hall, 218 Spring Ave., Saratoga.

The Thanksgiving menu includes the traditional roast turkey and dressing along with baked ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, green peas, relish trays, dinner rolls, beverages and pumpkin pie for dessert.

Take-out dinners will be available, and those who want meals to go can call to place their order on or before Nov. 22.

PVHH board member Gertrude Herold said that the dinners started after the Helping Hands board decided this would be a good event to benefit everyone in the community. In that spirit, Herold encourages anyone and everyone to partake in the Thanksgiving feast. “We have a big turnout every year,” Herold said.

According to Herold, the dinner generally hosts a lot of families, including grandparents, parents and their children. The dinner caters to families who had a busy week and have not had the chance to fix a dinner, or to people looking for some holiday camaraderie, Herold added.

All of the food is homemade and the ingredients are donated by people from the community. Volunteers with PVHH prepare all of the food—even the turkeys. The pie committee will begin baking the day before Thanksgiving and they will cook the turkeys in the Platte Valley Community Center kitchen.

On Thanksgiving Day, volunteers gather at about 7 a.m. to begin food preparation. The volunteers tend to get into the holiday spirit. Herold said, “Everybody is in a good mood and we just have a fun time.” Anybody who wants to volunteer is welcome to come to St. Ann’s Parish Hall and join in the fun.

Last year’s feast served up 156 meals which were carved from nine turkeys donated by Valley Foods and the Wolf Hotel.

For more information on the PVHH Thanksgiving dinner, call Marilyn Verplanke at 326-5972 Deborah D’Amico at 326-3717, or Gertrude Herold at 326-5496.


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