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Get your orders in for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner This years dinner will be take out and delivery only due to Covid-19. Order November 16-20 to secure your meal


November 11, 2020

Through the years the Community Thanksgiving Dinners in Chinook have overcome several obstacles, inclement weather, volunteers, shortage of funds, but in the end, enough help was always secured, enough food was always made and the community got together for a good time each Thanksgiving.

2020 and the Covid-19 Pandemic together have messed up plans with all kinds of school, community and social gatherings. Like the previous decades of Community Dinners this years Thanksgiving feast will go on.

The Community Thanksgiving has been a staple in the Chinook community for many years and while no one is certain of its exact start it is widely agreed to be in the early 1980’s.

Originally the dinner was held at the Presbyterian Church, the event later moved to the Chinook Senior Center when the present facility was completed. Organizers of the most recent edition of the community dinner say the number of diners has stayed fairly consistent and financial support has remained generous and adequate. This year no support was solicited due to the pandemic but that will not deter organizers.

Betty and Mark Billmayer headed up their first Chinook Community Thanksgiving Dinner in 2016 and are back to head the annual holiday dinner this year and are aided once again by Kathy O’Brien and Jay Eslick. While it will be different, it is still a great way to start the 2020 Holiday season.

This year, the ‘get together’ will undergo some pretty significant changes to the menu and the service. Meals will be provided through pick up or delivery only and the new menu will feature Baked Ham, Cheesy Potatoes, Green Beans, Bun and a Pumpkin Bar Dessert.

If you or someone you know is interested in receiving a Thanksgiving dinner, simply call the Chinook Senior Center at 357-2648 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, November 16-20.

Because there isn’t always someone at the Center to take an order, interested parties can fill out the attached order form and drop off at the Senior Center by Friday, November 20. All forms must be returned by the deadline to receive a meal.

Meals will be available for pickup on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, 2020 at the Blaine County Fairgrounds Commercial Building from 12:00-1:30 p.m.

For those individuals requesting delivery, those meals will begin being distributed at 11:30 a.m. Thanksgiving day.

The “Journal” thanks those who helped in so many ways to keep this great Thanksgiving tradition going.


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