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Church calls for volunteers to prepare community meal

MADAWASKA, Maine — Christian Life Fellowship is urgently seeking volunteers for their 10th annual community Thanksgiving dinner to take place at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24. 

While the event takes place Sunday, Reverend Esther Cote said they are in need of volunteers to help prepare the food on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.

On average, the church serves around 250 meals each Thanksgiving. They serve “turkey with all the fixings” to anyone who shows up or calls for a meal. 

“Some eat in our dining hall, some stop in for a takeout, but the majority of the meals are delivered, free of charge, to elderly, disabled, and those that have no transportation,” Cote said. 

The dinner started 10 years ago when the church discovered many of the elderly in the area do not have family around for the holidays. 

“Since that time, as the date draws near, we ask ourselves, as a congregation, if we are doing it again and somehow the answer always comes back as a yes,” Cote said. “This year, since some of our volunteers are struggling with health issues, we had discussed skipping a yea,r but then folks that received a meal last year contacted us to see if we were doing it again. How could we say no?”

Cote said while the meals are always free, some people come through with donations. 

“We have been blessed each year with surprise donations. Someone once saw it on Facebook and sent a check all the way from North Dakota,” Cote said. “We have been blessed with local donations from Norstate FCU, Acadia FCU and Shop and Save, as well as out of town from Walmart and Save a Lot. Though donations are always welcome, this year our biggest need is for volunteers to help in the preparation on Saturday and serving/delivering on Sunday.”

Volunteers are needed both days, Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. and Sunday beginning at 9:30 a.m. to help prep and serve the meals at Christian Life Fellowship on 641 Main Street in Madawaska. 

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