Residents invited to Thanksgiving community meals

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Area residents are invited to share Thanksgiving at any of three community Thanksgiving dinners to be served on Thanksgiving Day in Isabella and Theodosia. 


VFW Post #5366 in Isabella, with help from the AmVets chapter, will serve its annual free community dinner to be served at noon at the VFW hall on HH Highway in Isabella. Another community meal will be served on Christmas Day.

Facility manager Ruby Winslow said everyone is invited – veterans and non-veterans alike. Last year the VFW served 119 people on Thanksgiving Day, and more people are expected this year, Winslow said. If advance arrangements are made, meals can also be delivered to nearby residents who are unable to attend, or meals can be prepared for pickup.

Donations of cash and food are needed and welcome. VFW greatly appreciates those who are able to cook an extra dish – salads, sides and desserts – and deliver it to the facility the day before the holiday – or who can donate a turkey or ham three days beforehand to be cooked at the VFW.

Those planning to donate food are asked to call so the VFW staff knows what’s coming. Call 273-5008 for more information or to arrange for home delivery or pickup. To send a tax-deductible cash donation, make checks payable to Isabella VFW Post 5366 and mail to P.O. Box 323, Isabella, MO 65676.


Mary White at Patty’s Diner

Mary White, who for several years organized the weekly music jam session in Theodosia, will host a free Thanksgiving dinner for everyone who wants to come. The menu will include turkey, ham, green bean casserole, corn, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, salad, desserts and other items. Fourteen pies have already been prepared for the dinner and are ready to be baked, White said.

The dinner will be held at Patty’s Diner, in front of Cash Saver Pantry on Highway 160 in Theodosia. Deliveries are available to those who live nearby and can’t come to the dinner in person. “The Lord just laid it on my heart to do this, and I’m glad I’m able to,” White said.

To donate food or cash to this effort, or to arrange deliveries, call White at 417-989-9244.


Hungry Bear Cafe

The Hungry Bear Café will host a Thanksgiving dinner to be served for donations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the cafe inside the Treasure Gallery on Highway 160 in Theodosia. Everyone is invited. 

For more information, call the Treasure Gallery at 679-4411 between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.


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