Contact: Terry Connolly, 865-3985
LINK is looking for some good-hearted people to help prepare, serve and deliver meals to the needy on Thanksgiving Day. Clean-up volunteers also are in high demand.
"We'll need 30 people to drive, and about 75 to 80 volunteers total," Pam Casagrande, a longtime LINK board member, said.
The 16th annual Thanksgiving meal will begin at 1 p.m. Nov. 22 in the dining room at First Christian Church, 10th and Kentucky streets. The meal consists of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, fruit Jell-O, green beans, rolls, cranberries and pumpkin and apple pie.
"Last year, we served 200 carry-out meals to the homebound and elderly (in Douglas County). We served 200 at the kitchen," Casagrande said. "Because the numbers have been higher every month (at the kitchen), we will probably have 500 people this year."
Volunteers will work in two-hour shifts, from 11 a.m. when the setup begins to 4 p.m. when the cleanup is done.
Casagrande said LINK's regular serving groups prepare and provide the food, except for the turkeys, which are purchased or donated by the community. Donated turkeys are cooked by Don's Steak House and carved by Dillons.
"We need 20 turkeys," she said.
Those delivering meals need to meet at 11 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 1229 Vt. Delivery starts at 11:30 a.m. A typical route will take 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours to complete.
In addition to serving, preparing, delivering and cleaning up after the meals, Casagrande said live entertainment also is welcome. A piano will be available.
To sign up to help or for more volunteer information, call Terri at 865-3985 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Those wishing to donate money to help purchase turkeys can call Dwight at 842-7676 or send their donations to LINK, P.O. Box 442472, Lawrence 66044.
Last week's results
Megan Edmonds, resource coordinator for KVC Behavioral Healthcare Network, said the agency received calls from two people who wanted to participate in its Adopt-A-Child Christmas program after KVC was profiled in last week's "How You Can Help."
The Adopt-A-Child program provides gifts to children who are in out-of-home placement during the holiday season because of abuse or neglect. This year, KVC, formerly known as Kaw Valley Center, will need gifts for about 200 children.
Those interested in buying gifts for the children can call Edmonds at 331-4200. She will provide a list of the gifts requested by the child. Each list has three items, each costing under $30. Gifts must be in by Dec. 10.
KVC also needs items for its clothing closets. All sizes, from birth to adult, are needed, but winter coats and jeans for junior high and high schoolers are in high demand. School supplies, luggage and clothing bags also are needed.