Prepping Thanksgiving community dinner

Organizers of the Keizer Community Dinner are expecting up to 700 people to come for Thanksgiving dinner at St. Edward Catholic Church on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Volunteers have been working to prepare the take-away meals since early Thanksgiving week. They cooked 50 turkeys, prepared 600 pounds of potatoes, stuffing, about 40 gallons of gravy and cutting 67 pumpkin pies.

The community is invited to pick up a free Thanksgiving dinner, including rolls and pumpkin pie, between 3 and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Keizer Community Dinner observes all COVID-19 safety protocols and asks those coming to pick up a meal wear a mask.

St. Edward Catholic Church is located at 5303 River Road N. Posted signs will direct drivers to the entrance and exit.

The monthly Keizer Community Dinner is held the fourth Wednesday of each month at St. Edward. Each month volunteers from other houses of worship and from the community cook and serve the meals.Bonnie Henny and Mike Bernin prepare trays of mashed potatoes and turkey.Sue Day (left) and Sue Pearson portion pumpkin pie.Nolan Bromley-White mixes mashed potatoes.Priscilla Schaecher (left) and Celia Macias mix up stuffing, getting it ready for the oven.It takes a small army of dedicated volunteers to prepare the Keizer Community Dinner.

*Editor note Sue Day was originally misidentified as Sue Gay.