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Thanksgiving meals for the community start Tuesday

Sue Guinn Legg • Nov 18, 2018 at 7:33 PM

If you are looking for a place to eat or a place to serve this Thanksgiving, Johnson City’s nonprofit agencies have extended an open invitation for a series of free holiday meals for the community.

The feasting will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Salvation Army Center of Hope at 200 Ashe St., where a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings will be available to all from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.

Those who wish to volunteer on the serving line should contact Center of Hope Director Scott Blevins for instructions at 423-926-2101.

The nonprofit One Acre Cafe will host is annual free Thanksgiving Meal for the Community Wednesday, Nov. 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the cafe at 603 W. Walnut Street.

The meal will mark the five-year anniversary of the nonprofit cafe and everyone is invited to eat or serve and to enjoy the company of the One Acre Cafe family of volunteers and patrons.

On Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday, the Haven of Mercy at 123 W. Millard St. will host its annual all-day feast for anyone in need of a traditional turkey dinner and plenty of company to eat it with.

Dinner will be served in the Haven dining room from noon until 5 p.m. and home-delivered meals will be sent out to those who can not get there.

An estimated 3,500 meals were served or delivered at the Haven last Thanksgiving and preparations for an equal number are already underway.

The first of the first of 70 turkeys purchased or donated for the meal went into the smoker Sunday morning and volunteers will be needed throughout the week.

For those who wish to contribute, Kitchen Director Gerald Patane said the Haven has a good stock of turkeys but is far short on the hams it would like to prepare for Thursday. Other supplies still needed include boxes of instant potatoes, canned green beans, paper plates, plastic utensils and to-go boxes.

Volunteers who would like to serve at the Haven on Thanksgiving day will be needed beginning at 10 a.m. For more information about how to help, call the Haven of Mercy at 423-929-0616.

Email Sue Guinn Legg at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @sueleggjcpress. Like her on Facebook at facebook.com/sueleggjcpress.

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