Free Thanksgiving meals offered

Sean C. Morgan

Nobody should go hungry this Thanksgiving Day.

The Point restaurant, the Veterans Club and the Boys and Girls Club of Sweet Home are all offering free meals at various times during the day Thursday, Nov. 24.

The Boys and Girls Club is planning to serve breakfast for the community from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Community Center, 890 18th Ave. The menu includes biscuits and gravy, eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee, milk and juice.

Local restaurants including the Skyline and The Point have donated the food for the meal. Coffee Hut and Cedar Shack are providing the beverages.

Club personnel will also hand out clothes, coats and blankets to people who need them. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information or to donate, call (541) 367-6421.

The Point will serve Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., said owner Mike Hall. It includes a traditional turkey dinner with all of the trimmings.

The dinner is free to everyone, with no strings attached, but donations are welcome and will be given to the Sweet Home Emergency Ministries food bank.

Every dollar donated will go to SHEM, he said.

“Last year, we were able to feed 285 people,” Hall said. They raised around $1,000 for Little Promises, a nonprofit daycare provider.

“This year, we’ll hopefully do even better than that,” Hall said.

This year, Food Services of America donated 380 pounds of turkey to the cause, and Emerald Produce is donating all of the produce items.

“I think it’s a great way to support Sweet Home, stay involved in Sweet Home and raise money for worthwhile organizations,” Hall said. “It’s just a great way to give back.”

Fifteen volunteers, including four staff members and a couple of volunteers from Meals on Wheels, are donating their time to prepare and serve the meals, Hall said.

They’ve all called and asked to help, he said. He hasn’t had to call anyone.

The Veterans Club will also host an open dinner from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday for everyone.

“This is a community day of giving and is open to all who walk through our doors,” said Terry Shank. “We wanted to ensure we can serve our less fortunate and hope to show our community that we care about them as well. Inasmuch as we appreciate their support to our men and women in their service to our country, we are here for them as well. Sometimes our sacrifices are not merely enough, and if we can give back once in a while to thank our community for our support, what better time to say it but on Thanksgiving Day.”