A time for turkey, community groups feed the masses on Christmas Day

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5 February 2013

MADAWASKA – The Madawaska community pulled together again for their twelfth year of a Christmas Day Celebration Free Turkey Dinner.

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CHRISTMAS IS A TIME OF GIVING - Multiple organizations and community members spent their Christmas Eve and morning giving of their time to help offer Madawaska a free turkey dinner on Christmas Day. - Contributed image

The meal is a joint effort of the Knights of Columbus Council 2638, Daughters of Isabella Circle 546, Madawaska National Honor Society students, St. Thomas English Choir, Notre Dame du Mont Carmel parishioners and families and one volunteer from Fort Kent.

Every year the Knights of Columbus donate the use of their facilities to host this celebration. This year they also furnished most of the turkeys. The Acadia Federal Credit Union donated funds for the balance of the expenses. Legion Post 147 also donated for some expenses, and other interested persons attending the celebration also gave donations.

On Christmas Eve morning, students and volunteers met to prepare the food. Others wrapped children's gifts and donated door prizes. The Daughters of Isabella cooked turkeys at their homes and brought the meat ready to serve. The next morning, when many families across the country were busy opening presents Christmas Day, the volunteers met at 8 a.m. at the KC Hall. Everyone had assigned tasks, such as setting up the tables, and decorating the room.

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The event was a success, serving 271 dinners to people who either ventured out to the KC Hall for a sit-down meal, or who had their meals, complete with desserts, delivered to their homes. - Contributed image

By 10:30 a.m., volunteers began preparing delivery dinners. This year, drivers delivered 115 meals to homes and apartments. In all, the group served 271 dinners. During the meal serving, the St. Thomas Aquinas Joy Choir entertained with Christmas caroling.

After clean-up, everyone was back home by 1:30 p.m. to continue their Christmas celebrations with their families.

Organizers say the success of this project was a product of the community joint effort.