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November 24, 2009

Alone for Thanksgiving? Options available

There are at least two Tahlequah venues for free meals this Thursday.

Those who have nowhere to go on Thursday for Thanksgiving, or who can’t afford turkey with all the trimmings during these tough economic times, can find good fellowship and food at a couple of venues in Tahlequah.

Every Thanksgiving, volunteers work to provide free meals to those who need them – and for those who can’t make it home for the holiday.

Misty Presley, with Town Branch Eatery, said that for the fifth year, the restaurant will be hosting another free Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.

“Last year, we served around 100 people,” Presley said. “Gary Brown does all the cooking, and it’s free for the public.”

Presley said any individual or organization interested in donating side dishes or spare time will be greatly appreciated.

“People are great to come and help out,” she said.

Jay Jones, pastor at the Abundant Life Fellowship, said helping others is a part of his family’s Thanksgiving experience.

“We are going to help with the dinner Red Crawley works on every year,” he said. “We just want to show up as a family and work.”

Jones said they don’t mind helping out.

“We see ourselves as blessed, and we want to give back,” he said.

Red Crawley with Good News Ministries and other volunteers are organizing a large community feast at the Cherokee County Community Center Thursday.

“I know most of the organizations and churches get involved with the community dinner,” Jones said. “And we are just looking for a place to help out.”

This is the ninth year the community building has been home to the event, and Crawley said it’s been an event he enjoys hosting.

“When I came to the community, nobody did anything like this,” he said. “So me and a friend started doing it.”

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