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November 14, 2006 > LOVís annual free Thanksgiving meal

LOVís annual free Thanksgiving meal

by Charlotte Flowers-Weston

This year marks LOV’s (League of Volunteers) 18th year serving its Thanksgiving dinner for the needy. Over 4,000 meals will be prepared for “all those who would spend the day alone, or who do not have the resources, either money or shelter, to enjoy the traditional Thanksgiving meal and fellowship.”

Volunteer and donations are still needed, “We’re short of all kinds of things,” said Executive Director Shirley Sisk, “we need 250 turkeys but we only have 91 pledged so far.”

Although there appears to be a big shortage on items now, Sisk says she still expects over 4,000 people to attend. “A lot of people seemed to think that we weren’t going have the dinner this year because of some financial problems we were having. But we still plan to have the dinner and it always works out in the end.”

Some of the items that are greatly needed this year are: turkeys, hams, instant mashed potatoes, brown sugar, instant stuffing mix, milk, canned beans, corn, cranberry sauce, chicken broth, yams, roasting pans, paper cups and plates, and more. Volunteers are needed to cook turkey and hams, bake pies, decorate, set tables, clean up, and supervise crafts for children. Call (510) 793-5683 for more information or visit

If you are unable to drive to the dinner, LOV will provide transportation. Call (510) 793-5683. Pick ups will be made at the following areas:

Fremont BART - front entrance
Centerville Presbyterian Church - 4360 Central Ave.
3rd Street Park – Niles
Islander Motel – 4101 Mowry Ave. - near Fremont Blvd.

Motel 6- 5600 Cedar Court
E-Z 8 Motels- 5555 Cedar Court
Newark Gardens- 35300 Cedar Blvd., Newark – near Newark Community Park

Union City
BART - front entrance, 10 Union Square

Or, if you need someone to pick you up personally at another location, call (510) 793-5683.

The dinner will feature entertainment and arts and crafts for children. Everyone is welcome, no questions asked.

LOV’s 18th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
Thursday, Nov. 23
Noon – 3 p.m.
Newark Pavilion
6430 Thornton Ave, Newark (At Cherry St.)
(510) 793-5683

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