CLINTON — The three local veterans’ organizations, along with help from other Clinton volunteers, again this year sponsored the cooking and delivery of Thanksgiving meals to those in need, those who were unable to get out or those who had no family to be with for the holiday.
There were many monetary and food donations, and enough turkey for Christmas meals also, that made the day a success. The day began with baking the turkeys, 22 this year, on Monday and then de-boning them and beginning cooking of side dishes on Wednesday, finishing with a full crew to complete the cooking of side dishes and assembling the meal trays for delivery and the delivery crew.
This year’s production prepared and delivered over 250 meals. Some of the help this year have now made this their family tradition on Thanksgiving, helping prepare and deliver meals for others.
According to the kitchen staff, this year was the best yet in planning, coordination, and help from the community. The Wednesday crew actually de-boned 22 turkeys in an hour and a half due to the set up of an efficient “production line” that kept the flow going.
The Thursday crew also worked well, with meals starting out the door by 10 a.m.; a half hour before scheduled, and cleanup was complete before noon, so those helping could have time with their families.
This year, each meal included light and dark meat turkey, dressing, chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, and, of course, a piece of pumpkin pie for desert. The veterans groups, American Legion, AMVETS, and VFW thanked all those who helped with the undertaking in any way from donations to kitchen help to delivering the meals.