South Fork Kiwanis seeks volunteers for Thanksgiving Dinner
SOUTH FORK — The South Fork Kiwanis organization is continuing to seek volunteers from the community for their annual Thanksgiving Dinner. South Fork Kiwanis President Karen Miller has been doing this event for 30 years and says it is all thanks to the many hours of help they receive from the community.
“We always show up on the day of the event to find people available to help and we are always so grateful. Our club numbers are down, and we are asking the community to sign up to be a volunteer prior to the event so we have a better idea of what we will be doing that day,” said Miller.
The dinner annually hosts over 300 people and South Fork Kiwanis could use all the help they can get.
“We do have our regulars and each year we meet more and more wonderful people. It’s a great social event and watching everybody mingle while enjoying the dinner makes everything worth it. It is great having the support that we do! We also can’t thank our sponsors enough that contribute to the cost of holding this event. Businesses and individuals generously donate each year to help us,” said Miller.
Miller said that due to the changes that are occurring each year and with more and more communities throughout the San Luis Valley offering Thanksgiving Day dinners, they have opted to reduce the number of turkeys they cook for the event but are still anticipating the same number of people to come and eat.
The event features a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings and dessert at the South Fork Community Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 23. This year will be a buffet-style dinner instead of the regularly served meal that has occurred in the past.
One thing that has never changed is the dedication, preparation and work that goes into hosting this massive event — “almost like mom makes! There will also be an opportunity to provide gently used clothing including cold weather apparel and we will take non-perishable foods to distribute to the food banks around the Valley.”
For more information or to volunteer for the event, contact Miller at [email protected] or by calling and or texting 720-313-4834.