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November 20, 2012 > Preparing for Thanksgiving

Preparing for Thanksgiving

Submitted By League of Volunteers

The freezers are empty and ready; Tri-Cities League of Volunteers (LOV) is waiting for 320 turkeys & 80 hams... so far there are none. Last year, 5,485 were served either at the Newark Pavilion or to the homebound in Fremont, Newark, Union City, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Castro Valley.

Besides turkeys, there is need for: 500 pies (all kinds - not just pumpkin), 600 oval aluminum roasting pans, 250 loaves of sandwich bread and all the other ingredients to make it a memorable Thanksgiving holiday for those who would spend the day alone and those who do not have the resources, either money or shelter, to enjoy the traditional Thanksgiving meal and fellowship.

This is a joint effort by "Partner's In Giving", 31Tri-City & Hayward service agencies who will offer an afternoon of good food, entertainment, and children's crafts. In addition we will try to give a free bag of food to every guest, depending on donations received. In order to make it easier for guests without transportation, volunteers will be personally picked up in Fremont, Newark and Union City. All guests have to do is call LOV's Program Director, Joanne Paletta, at 491-3799 (cell ) to dispatch a "Turkey Taxi" for a ride. For those who are homebound, meals will be delivered. For homebound meals
call LOV at 793-5683.

DONATIONS NEEDED
Hams (boneless/pre-cooked), turkeys, canned chicken broth, yams, string beans & corn, cooked pies, sliced pickles, black olives, cookies, take home meal containers, instant mashed potato mix, oval aluminum roasting pans, butter (both patties & cubes), Chinette divided dinner plates, dessert plates, baked pies, brown sugar, grocery bags, large lunch bags, mayonnaise packets, sandwich bread, sandwich bags, dinner rolls, coffee (regular & decaf), tablecloths, dinner napkins, sliced pie containers, mini marshmallows, baby food, bottled water, styrofoam coffee cups, paper towels, turkey roasting bags, charcoal, charcoal lighter, aluminum foil and Saran Wrap.

Monetary donations are very welcome to purchase what is not donated. Checks should be payable to LOV, marked "for Thanksgiving" and mailed to 36120 Ruschin Drive, Newark, CA 94560. Your donation is tax deductable - our 501c 3 Federal ID # is 94-2638329. We expect the need to be as great this year.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
There are many opportunities to give of yourself this holiday. From November 20 through November 22 - you can: cook a turkey or ham - carve - prepare dressing, or mashed potatoes- bake pies - deliver homebound meals - pick up donations - pack food bags set tables - decorate - serve dinner - clean up - and more. Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

For more information, visit: www.lov.org or call LOV at (510) 793-5683

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