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Centralia community Thanksgiving serves hundreds

Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 6:12 am

Ben Randolph, center, ladles a serving of cranberry sauce to a delivery volunteer Tristen Quimby, as Randolph’s daughter Karissa takes care of the rolls.

Ben Randolph, center, ladles a serving of cranberry sauce to a delivery volunteer Tristen Quimby, as Randolph’s daughter Karissa takes care of the rolls.

A beautiful, sunlit day, 16 turkeys, 13 hams, nearly 70 volunteers and around 175 people sitting inside Friendship Place, at 12 tables topped with handmade holiday table decorations.

That was Thanksgiving in Centralia, Thanksgiving Day, 2018.

For the 11th time Tracie and Ronnie Roberts along with an army of volunteers, many, but not all, members of the Friendship Christian Church, worked together to host their annual community Thanksgiving dinner.

The night before several volunteers rushed back and forth, decorating tables with feet-wide hand cut felt leaves and other Thanksgiving-themed décor.

Meanwhile, in the kitchen and in the backroom known as “the cutting floor,” other volunteers prepared the Thanksgiving pies, baked corn and took care of the dozens of details that make Thanksgiving dinner for hundreds possible.

Tracie Roberts, right, checks in with her friend Margaret Johnson at the annual community Thanksgiving dinner.

Tracie Roberts, right, checks in with her friend Margaret Johnson at the annual community Thanksgiving dinner.

Wednesday night, first-time volunteer Ben Randolph was busy manhandling one-gallon cans of corn, pouring the contents into stainless steel baking pans.

For the complete article, please see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.