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November 17, 2013

Whole 'family' invited to Thanksgiving dinner


MEADVILLE —  It takes a community ...

Nov. 27 has been set as the deadline for delivering pies, desserts or prepared side dishes to FCCA during normal business hours. Cash donations are also joyously accepted.

This doesn’t happen without a lot of support from the local community. Ditto for the annual Christmas dinner in the same location that Foster also organizes.

For example, a number of turkeys Foster can only describe as “a lot” are being donated by long-time supporter Bill Malady of Malady’s Meat Market. John Michaels from Valenza Restaurant also donates lots of, well stuff, from which to make stuffing — and then comes in to help put it together just right, too. H&H Groceries in Saegertown has a proud spot on the long-time contributor list. For the last four or five years, long-time volunteer Dan Bazylak, who also happens to work for Nutrition Inc., has also been helping out with canned goods, which are purchased in very large cans for speedy preparation. Ainsworth Pet Nutrition is on board this year to donate turkeys.

“I think the recession is over,” Foster said. “People are more generous now than they have been in the last few years.”

Mary Spicer can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at

You can help

Delivery requests, donations and volunteers are all welcome as the day approaches for the annual Thanksgiving dinner hosted by the Family & Community Christian Association. The dinner, which is free and open to the public, begins at noon on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28.

Full-course dinners will be delivered throughout Crawford County, but reservations must be made calling 337-4279 no later than Nov. 25.

Anyone interested in volunteering should call the same number.


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