For a couple of weeks my mom, the holiday organizer, has been sending rumbles through the family in person, by phone and by text (my mom doesn't text but she does order texts through me - I'm sort of her 21st century Western Union). Who is working? Who has other dinners? Will they bring food? Surprise guests? Vegetarians? Football fanatics? Our Thanksgivings only involve around a dozen people (give or take a few surprise guests) but there's a lot of planning. After all, no one wants two bowls of green beans or not enough chairs for the whole gang. So Thanksgiving planning (stressing) really begins around October 15.
Every year we complain to varying degrees about the hoopla that surrounds Thanksgiving but deep down, we realize we are lucky to have the hoopla. Some people have no family or no dinner to look forward to at Thanksgiving. If you know someone who doesn't have Thanksgiving hoopla in their future, they can turn to several local organizations to make their Thanksgiving cheerier. Unless otherwise noted, all meals are free. Note that most of the deadlines are November 21 at 5 pm. If you already have Thanksgiving covered why not call anyway to see if they need any help chopping, cooking, serving, or delivering?
Holy Apostle Episcopal Church
Meal at 307 East Hancock Street, St. Clair for those in the surrounding area on Nov. 28
You must register by Nov. 21 by calling 570-429-2272 or 570-429-7107
Eat in meals will be at 1 pm, meals for pick up will be at noon, delivery of meals will begin at 11 am
Knight of Columbus
Delivers a hot Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 28 between 10 am and 2 pm. You must be home to accept delivery.
You must register by Nov. 22 at 5 pm. Call 570-516-9514, 570-617-5771 or 570-628-3333. If no one answers leave your name and phone number and someone will call you back for your information.
Mahanoy Area Minsterial Association
Breakfast at St. Mary Center, 620 W. Pine Street, Mahanoy City at 9 am
Tickets are $8. You must order tickets at church office by Nov. 22
Meal includes: pastries, ham, eggs, homefries, coffee and tea
Guest speaker: Re. Craig Zimmerman of St. Paul's United Church of Christ
Salvation Army - Pottsville
Meal at 400 Sanderson Street, Pottsville 11 am to 2 pm. Eat in ONLY. You must register by calling 570-622-5252.
Salvation Army - Tamaqua
Meal at 105 West Broad Street, Tamaqua from 11 am to 4 pm. Shut ins can call for delivery by November 21 at 570-668-0410.