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By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — The Sixth Annual Colfax Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, at Colfax United Methodist Church.
Bruce, Loretta and Bryce Fransway, along with other volunteers, are offering families and individuals a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the church.
The meal also can be delivered to your home or you can come and pick up your meals at Colfax Methodist starting at 10:30 a.m., said Bruce Fransway.
Thanksgiving dinner will be served buffet style at Colfax United Methodist from noon to 1 p.m.
Pick-ups and deliveries will go from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The menu will include turkey, turkey gravy, corn, green beans, stuffing, yams, salads, cranberries, dinner rolls, beverages and pie for dessert.
Last year, about 150 meals were served or delivered, including 65 home deliveries and 25 pick-ups, Fransway said.
“It just keeps getting bigger every year,” he said.
In fact, people even started inquiring at the Colfax Free Fair in June whether the Community Thanksgiving Dinner would be held again this year, Fransway noted.
The community event provides Thanksgiving dinner for people who are shut-ins and for couples who are alone and do not want to bake a 20-pound turkey just for the two of them, he said.
The Community Thanksgiving dinner also is beneficial for those who cannot afford a Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings and for those who want to be part of something in the community at Thanksgiving, Fransway said.
Several years ago, a father came with his two daughters to volunteer their time to help serve and deliver meals because the mother of the family was working that day. After they were finished helping with the Community Thanksgiving dinner, they went home and had their own family Thanksgiving after the mother was done with work, he said.
Last year, Thanksgiving dinner was delivered to one particular family, and the people delivering the meal were thanked so profusely, that Fransway wondered if the family might not have had Thanksgiving at all if it had not been for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner.
Anyone who would like to volunteer is more than welcome.
“We never turn anyone away who wants to help,” Fransway said.
Volunteers can be used ahead of time as well for tasks like peeling potatoes, he noted.
Anyone who is planning to have a delivery, to pick up a meal or to eat at the buffet style meal is asked to call 715-962-2126 to make reservations so organizers know how many meals to prepare.
When you’re cooking 20-pound turkeys, it’s important to know how many of them you need, Fransway said.
If someone you know could benefit from the Community Thanksgiving Dinner or if you would like to make a donation to support the event or if you wish to volunteer, also call 715-962-2126.
Monetary donations can be made by sending a check to Loretta Fransway, 513 University Avenue, Colfax WI 54730.
Please make your reservations by November 25.
Colfax United Methodist is located at 501 Cedar Street in Colfax.