EUGENE, Ore. — The 25th annual Whiteaker Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner is quickly arriving, and volunteers are already preparing.
The dinner is more than just a free meal for families in need - winter items are also handed out. Anyone can drop off donations at the Whiteaker Head Start Center. Volunteers need warm clothes, shoes and blankets to hand out to families at the Thanksgiving dinner.
The dinner is already coming together, with 1,500 pounds of turkey on its way to Lane Community College Friday. That’s about 60 turkeys. Culinary students there will be preparing all the meals for families in need and students in the nursing program will provide first aid.
There are more volunteers than ever ready to help out, from nearby fraternities and sororities and the community in general. The center is collecting clothes and toiletry donations on Sunday, Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Whiteaker Community Head Start Center, 21 North Grand Ave. in Eugene.
Thanksigiving dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and anyone is welcome.