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In the Spirit of Giving

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Article Published: Nov. 21, 2013 | Modified: Nov. 29, 2013
In the Spirit of Giving

The Hunger and Health Coalition and Hospitality House of Boone are serving community spirit — along with a traditional dinner — on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28.

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The Hunger and Health Coalition of Boone will rejuvenate the community’s giving spirit and sense of togetherness with its annual Thanksgiving Dinner at First Baptist Church on King Street, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28.

The meal is open to anyone who is need of a warm meal and fellowship, Hunger Coalition executive director Compton Fortuna said.

Last year, she said, the event provided more than 500 meals to needy residents. For this year’s dinner, Woodlands Barbecue, Makotos and The Speckled Trout restaurants will provide the food. The dinner has been an annual event for more than 20 years.

“It’s a really interesting way for the community to come together,” Fortuna said. “In the last few years, we’ve had people that would bring guitars and play the piano, while someone else sings. It’s a really neat coming together feeling. It brings a very festive feeling to the dinner.”

The dinner also serves a purpose for volunteers.

“It’s as important to the volunteers as the people who come to eat,” Fortuna said. “Several families come year after year to volunteer. We’ve actually watched some of their kids grow up. The volunteers seem to get a lot out of the experience and enjoy that interaction.”

First Baptist Church is located at 375 W. King St. in downtown Boone. For more information or to volunteer, call (828) 262-1628.

The Hospitality House of Boone will also offer a community dinner, in conjunction with its Bread of Life Community Kitchen.

Known as the Meal of Thanks, the dinner looks to feed approximately 150 people in Watauga County.
In order to make the meal happen, the Hospitality House has provided a list of items needed to make it a success:

• Two pounds of celery
• Five pounds of onions
• Five bags of cranberries
• 16 ounces of raisins
• Two jars of cherries
• Five cans of pineapple chunks
• One container of poultry seasoning
• Three pounds of chopped nuts
• Five bags of mini marshmallows
• Two quarts of Duke’s Mayonnaise
• One quarts of Miracle Whip
• Twenty pounds of sugar
• One bag of coconut
• Six gallons oil
• 10 pounds of frozen broccoli
• Four containers of French fried onion rings
• Five boxes of tea bags
• One gallon grange juice
• Eight pounds butter
• One large block of Velveeta

The Hospitality House of Boone is located at 338 Brook Hollow Road in Boone. To donate or for more information on the meal, call (828) 264-1237.

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