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A number of area charities, churches, and community groups offer Thanksgiving-style meals this week. They include meals for people without financial resources to prepare their own feast and also meals for those who just want to gather as a community to celebrate the joy of the holiday.
“We do serve the poor and the needy. But we like these to be community meals [as well],” said Sally Oberski, spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Toledo, referring to the meals served at many Catholic churches such as Christ the King and St. Joan of Arc. “There’s a lot of people who are alone on Thanksgiving.”
With a still-struggling economy, the need is great. Cherry Street Mission Ministries alone anticipates serving more than 5,000 meals on Thanksgiving, counting the 600 meals it will home-deliver, the 700 food boxes it will distribute, and the many meals it will serve to its mission guests, said spokesman Ashley Shaffer.
Harvey Savage, executive director of the Martin Luther King Kitchen for the Poor, said, “Thanksgiving is a wonderful time. People have a tendency to be very generous.”
He estimated his operation will serve about 225 Thanksgiving lunches of turkey, ham, cranberry sauce, and other trimmings on Wednesday. “But January and February are coming. We will still need people’s generosity then,” he said.
The list includes meals at the following days, locations, and times:
● Helping Hands of St. Louis, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 443 Sixth St. This organization is still seeking food donations, in particular turkeys and hams. For information, call 419-691-0613.
● Martin Luther King Kitchen for the Poor, noon to 1:30 p.m., 650 Vance St. For information, call 419-241-2596. (Closed Thursday and Friday.)
● St. Paul’s Community Center, noon to 1:30 p.m, 230 13th St. For information, call 419-255-5520. (Closed Thursday.)
● House of Bread Ministries Inc. 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Bethlehem Baptist New Life Center, 1430 W. Bancroft St.
● Augsburg Lutheran Church, 1342 West Sylvania Ave., Toledo. Pickup or delivery only. To place an order, call Cindy at 419-704-3114 by today.
● Cherry Street Mission, breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., 1919 Madison Ave.. For more information, call 419-242-5141.
● Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission, breakfast 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., 1917 Jefferson Ave. For information, call 419-241-6579.
● Christ the King Church, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4100 Harvest Lane at Monroe Street. For information, call 419-475-4348.
● Pilgrim Church, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1375 Sylvania Ave. For information, call 419-478-6012.
● St. Joan of Arc school gym, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 5856 Heatherdowns Blvd. For information, call 419-861-9401.
● Thomas Temple Church of God in Christ, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., 2140 Ashland Ave. For information, call 419-320-4980.
● Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission Outreach Center, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., 670 Phillips Ave. For information, call 419-478-1005 or 419-241-6579.
● Cherry Street Mission, 4 p.m. football and snacks, 1919 Madison Ave. Information: 419-242-5141.
● Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission, Thanksgiving dinner following a 5 p.m. chapel service, 1917 Jefferson Ave. For information, call 419-241-6579.
● Cherry Street Mission, 5 p.m. community Thanksgiving dinner, 1919 Madison Ave. For more information, call 419-242-5141.
Other communities across northwest Ohio:
● Woodmore High School cafeteria, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 633 Fremont St., Elmore. For more information, call 419-862-3481. Those who are able are asked to bring a canned good for a food pantry or a new, unwrapped toy to support Toys for Tots.
● Norwalk St. Paul, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 31 Milan Ave., Norwalk. Information: 419-668-1114 or 419-668-2766.
● Sandusky Holy Angels (co-sponsored with Zion Lutheran Church), 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Holy Angels school gymnasium, 1603 W. Jefferson, Sandusky. Carry-out dinners are available. Transportation or meal delivery can be arranged by calling 419-625-3698 before Wednesday.
● Fremont VFW Hall, noon to 2 p.m., 204 Birchard Ave., Fremont. Information: 419-334-2551.