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What We Think: Thanksgiving dinner is all about community

The Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday is a shining example of the word “community.” Whether you participate in putting the meal together in some way or simply enjoy the free meal, it’s an event that Jamestown should be proud is offered here.

From its small beginnings started by Fritz Buegel 27 years ago to today, the meal is all about bringing people together — community. Giving thanks and enjoying a meal to celebrate the holiday.

How fitting the name is — Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

Volunteers come together in the spirit of generosity to ensure other people have a holiday meal. While businesses collectively provide the money or food for people to eat, volunteers cook, serve and welcome those who will come through the doors of Concordia Lutheran Church to enjoy the meal. Volunteers will give some of those people rides to get to the meal and deliver meals to those who cannot come to the church.

After many people will have eaten and gone home, the volunteers will clean up from the day’s dinner. For some of these volunteers, this is their Thanksgiving tradition — helping at the community meal year after year.

It’s clearly a community effort for the community, a community not restricted to just people from Jamestown. If you’re stopping through on your way somewhere else, you’re welcome. If you’re visiting family or friends, you’re welcome. If you’re from a nearby town, you’re welcome. The day, after all, is about community and giving thanks.

More than 600 people are expected to attend the Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. To those who labor to bring the meal together and help in other ways to make it successful, thank you.

Thanksgiving is a day to celebrate and give thanks. Jamestown, as a community, is thankful the dinner is part of its blessings.

Editorials are the opinion of the Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper’s editorial board.

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