A Thanksgiving eve community dinner

Volunteers from more than 20 local churches of multiple faiths, Clarksville Ruritans and other sponsors in the local community are excited about plans for the ninth annual Clarksville Community Thanksgiving Dinner, to be held at the Clarksville Community Center on Wednesday, Nov. 23, from 5-7 p.m.
The objective for the dinner is “to provide an opportunity for fellowship that celebrates Thanksgiving and draws the people of the community together,” according to coordinators Pat Lee, Terri Lee and Elaine Senz. ”Everyone has something to be thankful about, and we encourage individuals and families to join us for turkey, ham and all the trimmings, while fellowshipping with others in our community during this season of sharing and giving thanks.”
The dinner is free, but diners are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items for the local food pantry.
Carryout dinners will also be available for those that are homebound, but must be reserved by 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21, in order to assure sufficient food is prepared. Reservations may be placed through one of the participating churches, or by calling 374-0794.
The Clarksville Ruritans and several businesses and individuals, as well as the participating churches, are providing the financial support, and representatives of these groups are also preparing the side dishes and desserts as well as meal preparation, serving and delivery to shut-ins.
“Our community is blessed to have these organizations and individuals, whose generosity truly demonstrates what a community can be, and the importance of supporting each other, regardless of faith, race or financial status” said Senz.
Last year more than 75 volunteers served more than 700 people in the community.