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November 7, 2017 > Getting ready for Thanksgiving

Getting ready for Thanksgiving

Submitted By Shirley Sisk

Joining hands and hearts again this year, The League of Volunteers, LOV, is working with local Tri-City service organizations to ensure that their clients as well as others have a wonderful Thanksgiving complete with good food and fellowship. The feast and festivities are 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 Day meal.

The freezers are empty and ready -- and LOV is waiting for 300 turkeys and 70 hams. Last year 3,626 meals 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 and hams there is need for: 400 pies (all kinds -- not just pumpkin), 600 oval aluminum roasting pans, 200 loaves of sandwich bread and all the other ingredients to make it a memorable Thanksgiving holiday.

This will be the 39th year LOV has served a community Thanksgiving meal. Meals will be served 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23.

Those who come to the Newark Pavilion for the meal will enjoy an afternoon of good food, entertainment, and childrenÕs crafts. In addition, we will try to give a free box of food to every family -- depending on the number of donations received. To make it easier for guests without transportation, volunteers will pick up guests in Fremont, Newark and Union City. All guests need to do is call LOVÕs Facilities Manager, Greg Harris at (510) 793-5683 by November 17 to schedule a ÒTurkey TaxiÓ for a ride.

For people who are homebound, meals will be delivered to Fremont, Newark, Union City, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Castro Valley. Many of these are Meals on Wheels clients who really appreciate a hot Thanksgiving Day meal and a little companionship. For homebound meals call Assistant Executive Director Harold Colon at (510) 793-5683.

Donations needed

¥ Hams (boneless/pre-cooked), turkeys, canned chicken broth, canned string beans and whole corn, cooked pies, sliced pickles, black olives, cookies, instant mashed potato mix, dinner rolls, coffee (regular and decaffeinated), Styrofoam coffee cups.
¥ Stove Top stuffing mix, oval aluminum roasting pans, butter (both patties & cubes), Chinette divided dinner plates, dessert plates, grocery bags, large lunch bags, mayonnaise packets, sandwich bread, large sandwich bags, tablecloths, dinner napkins, sliced pie containers.
¥ Baby food, bottled water, paper towels, turkey roasting bags, aluminum foil and Saran Wrap and garbage can liners.

Monetary donations are very welcome to purchase what is not donated. Checks, made payable to LOV and marked ÒThanksgivingÓ should be mailed to 8440 Central Ave., Suite A/B, Newark, California, 94560. Donations are tax deductible.

Volunteers needed

There are many opportunities to give of yourself this holiday. From November 20 through November 24 -- you can: cook or carve a turkey or ham, prepare dressing or mashed potatoes, bake pies, deliver homebound meals, pick up donations, pack food boxes, set tables, decorate, serve dinner or help clean up.

For details, call LOV at (510) 793-5683 or visit their website at

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