Organizations provide free Thanksgiving dinners

GREEN BAY — Thanksgiving Day is coming. Since not everyone has a place to go to celebrate the holiday, many area groups are sponsoring free Thanksgiving dinners. All are welcome. Below are listings of several dinners. All are on Nov. 28 unless otherwise noted.

A member of St. Gabriel Parish in Neenah, offers a tray of side dishes to Gordon Handrich of Appleton during a free community Thanksgiving meal at St. Mary Church in Menasha Nov. 22. The parish has sponsored a free Thanksgiving meal to senior citizens for eight years, but this year they opened the meal to the public, said organizer Tanya Schreiber. "Because of the (increased) need of families in this economy we decided to open it up" to everyone, she said. (Sam Lucero photo)

A volunteer serves free community Thanksgiving meals at St. Mary Church in Menasha in 2008. The parish has sponsored a free Thanksgiving meal for more than 10 years. (File photo  by Sam Lucero | The Compass)

APPLETON: Monarch Gardens, 2311 W. Spencer St., will host dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pick up, home delivery and transportation are available. Call Christ the Rock Community Church, (920) 730-8383, by Nov. 27 for deliveries or to volunteer.

APPLETON: St. Mary Parish, 312 S. State St. Serving from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the community room. To volunteer for serving and cleanup, call the parish at (920) 739-5119.

CHILTON (Kiel, Stockbridge and New Holstein): The annual Thanksgiving Day Express is sponsored by eight area fire departments. Noon meals will be delivered in Calumet County from the Eagles Club. To have a meal delivered, call the Dairy Queen at (920) 849-9379 or the Eagles at (920) 849-9223. Volunteers needed Thanksgiving Day, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Eagles Club, 1041 E. Chestnut St.

CLINTONVILLE: Knights of Columbus, Council #1922, will sponsor its 36th annual ham and turkey family-style dinner at 11:30 a.m. at the Clintonville Community Center, 30 S. Main St. Reservations, by Nov. 22, should be made by calling the center at (715) 823-7667. Meals can be reserved for pick-up, but not for deliveries. Pumpkin and mincemeat pies are needed; call Dick Writt at (715) 823-6477. To help with meal prep, set-up or other food donations, call Rick Rauterkus at (715) 250-0262.

CRIVITZ: The Twin Bridge Rescue Squad will sponsor its seventh annual turkey dinner at the Stephenson Town Hall, W11280 Cty. X, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Deliveries available to those in physical need in the Crivitz area. Call Tom Hoks at (715) 927-5556 for deliveries, to volunteer, to make reservations or donations.

DENMARK: Denmark High School, 450 N. Wall St., will be the site of a community dinner, sponsored by seven area churches including the Circle of Faith Catholic Community, from noon until 2 p.m. To make reservations, call (920) 863-6291 or 864-7775 by Nov. 22.

ELLISON BAY: Northern Door Community 17th annual Thanksgiving Dinner will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at noon at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church, 11836 Hwy. 42. All are welcome; reservations needed by Nov. 22. Call Jill Lhost at (920) 854-5050. (Do not call the church.) There will be a Thanksgiving worship service at 11:15 a.m.

FREMONT: Hope United Church of Christ will host a turkey dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Carryouts available. The church is at 8950 Alpine Road, three miles south on County H.

GILLETT: Hillside Assembly of God, 5890 State Highway 22, will be the site of the 22nd annual Community Thanksgiving Eve Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 27, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Deliveries available. Call the church at (920) 855-2962 for more information or to volunteer.

GREEN BAY: Christian Outreach, an ecumenical ministry, will sponsor its 30th annual dinner from noon until 1:30 p.m. at the Atrium at Lambeau Field. Festivities begin with an 11 a.m. prayer service. Meal deliveries offered. Gift bags and visits with Santa for children; free long-distance phone calls for adults. Packer game televised. Seating limited. Call (920) 469-9900. To make cash donations, call (920) 265-8303 or mail to “Christian Outreach Ecumenical Thanksgiving Ministry, Inc. PO Box 28221, Green Bay, WI 54324-0221.

GREEN BAY: First Assembly of God, 1460 Shawano Ave., will sponsor its fifth annual dinner from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations will be accepted until Nov. 21. Call the church office at (920) 497-2800.

HORTONVILLE: Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, 109 N. Olk St., will sponsor dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school gymnasium. Reservations not required, but appreciated. For a meal delivery to Hortonville area, or carryouts, call the parish at (920) 779-6133.

KESHENA: St. Michael Church, N816 Hwy. 47/55, will be the site of 11th annual Knights of Columbus Council 12185-sponsored dinner starting at 10 a.m. Home deliveries and rides are available. To make arrangements, or donations, call Paul Marroquin at (715) 799-3765 or Paul Rathsack at (715) 304-7854. On Thanksgiving Day, for rides or deliveries, call (715) 799-3234.

LUXEMBURG: St. John Lutheran, 700 Heritage Road, will be the site of the fifth annual nondenominational “Friends for Thanksgiving” dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Limited delivery available; to reserve a delivery, call by Nov. 19. Contact Joan DeGrand at (920) 660-3664.

MARINETTE: Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1600 University Drive (Pierce and University), will host the Annual Community Meal from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. No reservations needed. To volunteer, call the church at (715) 735-3101.

MANITOWOC: First German Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1033 S. 8th St., will have dinner starting at 11:30 a.m. For reservations and transportation, call the church at (920) 684-0101, by Nov. 22. There is a Thanksgiving Festival Service of Worship and Praise at 9 a.m.

MANITOWOC: Warrens Restaurant, 905 Washington St., will have a dinner from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Transportation available by calling the restaurant at (920) 682-2533 and asking for Mary, preferably a few days in advance.

MENASHA: (Note date.) Saturday, Nov. 23, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Community Meal at St. Mary Parish Hall, 528 Second St. Meal delivery for shut-ins in Neenah-Menasha area. Call (920) 725-7714, for reservations, deliveries or to volunteer by Nov. 18.

NEW LONDON: The 17th annual free ecumenical Thanksgiving dinner will be held at United Methodist Church, 709 W. Pine St. Five local churches, including Most Precious Blood Parish and St. Patrick in Lebanon, will sponsor this 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. dinner. Reservations appreciated; call United Methodist at (920) 982-4703.

OSHKOSH: Father Carr’s Place 2B, 1062 N. Koeller St., will host its 40th annual “Bread for Others” Thanksgiving Day dinner at noon to 2 p.m. and at 5 p.m. in the Mother Teresa Hall. Rides and home delivered meals to shut-ins available. Volunteer drivers and servers needed, as well as meal preparers. Call (920) 231-2378 for reservations, meal deliveries by Nov. 25, or to volunteer or make donations of food. Monetary donations can be sent to “Bread for Others,” Father Carr’s Place 2B at the above address.

PESHTIGO: St. Mary Parish, 171 Wood Ave. (behind Lee’s Foods), will have an ecumenical dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Freewill offerings accepted.

SEYMOUR: Seymour First Assembly of God, 989 Lincoln St., will host dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Doors open to the end of the Packer game.) Home deliveries to shut-ins available; for deliveries, call the church at (920) 833-6117 by Nov. 25. Other RSVPs appreciated, but not necessary.

STURGEON BAY: United Methodist Church, 836 Michigan St., will have a meal at 4:30 p.m. Carryouts and deliveries are available. Call (920) 743-3241 by Nov. 25 for reservations.

SHAWANO: First Presbyterian and Zion Lutheran churches will host a sit-down noon dinner at Zion Lutheran, 1254 S. Union St. First Presbyterian will handle carryouts and deliveries. Meals to shut-ins delivered. Make reservations by Monday, Nov. 25, by calling Zion at (715) 526-2017. For deliveries, call First Presbyterian at (715) 526-3329. Call either to make monetary or food donations.

WAUTOMA: St. Joseph Parish Hall, 364 S. Cambridge St., will have its 20th annual dinner at noon. Snacks and fellowship start at 11:30 a.m. Freewill donations accepted. For limited delivery to the homebound, or for carryouts, call Helen Cox at (920) 787-5900 by Nov. 22. Call Helen to volunteer or to make donations of food or money.