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Fort Kent surgeon to sponsor free Holiday meal for those in need

FORT KENT, Maine — The elderly and those who are experiencing financial need are welcome to attend a free community banquet on Saturday at Fort Kent Community High School.

Northern Maine Medical Center surgeon Dr. Shahriar Anoushfar is sponsoring the holiday meal, in conjunction with the Fort Kent Lions Club and the Aroostook County Action Program.

Dr. Anoushfar, who is originally from Maryland and has lived with his wife and two children in Fort Kent since March, purchased enough food to provide turkey dinners for 300 people.

“Since I’ve been here in the community even though we’ve only been here for 8 months I find it to be an extremely unique community with very nice folks,”  Dr. Anoushfar said. “I appreciate the folks here and wanted to give back to the community.”

“Typically I like to do something like that around Christmas time. I had asked if the Lions Club or any civic organization did a Christmas meal for the less fortunate because I’ve been here since March and obviously I’ve noticed that there’s a lot of elderly and a lot of poverty within Aroostook County,” he added. “I was told the Lions Club used to (sponsor a Christmas meal) years ago and it no longer happens so I thought maybe it would be a good thing to do. I thought it would be an opportunity to kind of bring the folks out for a Christmas meal and feed some people and have a good time.”

ACAP also will set up a table at the event to provide information about the many services the organization offers to help people in need.

Organizers are seeking  volunteers to help serve the meal and possibly to cook some of the turkeys in their homes. Volunteers also are sought to help clean up following the banquet.

Those interested in helping out with the holiday banquet should Claire Moss at Northern Maine Medical Center at (207)  834-1411.

Those who are in need of a meal can simply show up to the event and do not need to register or provide proof of age or income.

“Our goal is really to let the people who need it most, the elderly and the folks that are struggling, to get a Christmas meal,” Dr. Anoushfar said.

The free Holiday banquet will take place from noon until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Fort Kent Community High School cafeteria.

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