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November 12, 2013

Community Thanksgiving Dinner needs volunteers

STILLWATER, Okla. — The 29th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner is moving into the digital age, co-coordinator Pat Dorr said.

“Dinner co-coordinator Missy Wilkinson has created a website for volunteers to sign up,” Dorr said. “She is a Stillwater school teacher and has used the volunteer website with success.”

Volunteers can sign up at Send an email to and a direct link will be sent to you.

Time shifts are available from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in 90-minute increments. Volunteers are needed to cook, decorate, serve and clean up.

The dinner will be held at the First Presbyterian Church from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 28. There is no sponsoring organization for the dinner, just a group of citizens from the community coming together for a joyous celebration, said Dorr, who is also known as “Head Turkey.”

 In the past several years, more than 800 meals have been served. The dinner features turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, fruit and gelatin salads, desserts of pies, cakes and cookies with coffee and punch.

Several supporters have contributed throughout the years. Pies are baked by the Stillwater Church of Christ in memory of Alan Cooper, who coordinated the effort for many years. Church members contribute nearly 100 pies each year. Dorr said Rob Horton of Charlie’s Chicken has provided the dressing for the last decade. Last year, he brought gravy to top it off.

Dorr has been with this project from the beginning when Action, Inc. initiated the dinner in 1985. The project’s goals were to serve those in need a Thanksgiving dinner but also to celebrate area volunteers as a community like the pilgrim and Native American tradition. The first year, 200 people attended.

 Through the years, Oklahoma State University students who can’t make it home and international students learning about American traditions often enjoy spending Thanksgiving day at the community meal. He said a number of people have made the Thanksgiving dinner a tradition every year for their family. Dorr said so many in the community come back to dine every year he considers them part of his extended family.

“They come down and volunteer together — then sit down to eat,” Dorr said. “The day is as much about food as friendship.”

Along with volunteers, monetary contributions and gelatin, fruit or cranberry salads are needed. If you can help, call Dorr at 405-624-8689. Mail checks made out to Community Dinner-FPC to First Presbyterian Church, Thanksgiving Dinner, 524 S. Duncan, Stillwater, OK, 74074.


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