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Volunteers present annual Thanksgiving meal at Friendship Place

Posted on Friday, November 29, 2019 at 2:08 pm

Thanksgiving Day’s dreary, overcast sky, fizzled away into holiday happiness, fellowship and good cheer when passing through the door of the Friendship place.

That is where the annual Community Thanksgiving dinner, founded and overseen by Ronnie and Tracie Roberts was once again in full swing.

Adam Hatton and Laken Albur working on green- beans the night before.

This year’s meal, Tracie said, was the product of around 75 volunteers’ team work.

Among other things, they cooked and served at least 18 turkeys and 13 hams.

Besides serving them to at least 300 diners at the Friendship place, a group of the volunteers zipped back and forth across Centralia delivering Styrofoam containers packed with Thanksgiving meals to at least 80 homebound residents.

The work to make it happen began early, for many it began the night before.

Working over a crock-pot full of green beans, bacon strips and onions, first-time volunteer Laken Albur said she was there to help and give back to the community.

Looking up, her eyes not watering at all from the fresh-cut onions, courtesy of Ben Randolph’s knife-work, she said “Thanksgiving is a time to appreciate what you have, and what others have given, and this is one way for me to give back a little.”

Adam Hatton, there lending a hand agreed.

“This is just something I wanted to help with,” he said. “My family helps with it, and that is what Thanksgiving means to me, a time of being with your family for a

Ben Randolph cutting onions for 800 the night before the annual Thanksgiving meal at Friendship Place.

meal and being thankful for having family.”

For more, see the December 4 issue of the Centralia Fireside Guard.