It's time to begin calling in reservations for the annual Pittsburg County Thanksgiving Dinner — following the conclusion of Monday's Veterans Day holiday.
Calls will be taken beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, said Pittsburg County Clerk Hope Trammell, whose office will be handling the reservation. The number to phone is 918-423-7785.
Trammell said after the phone calls begin Tuesday, the phone will be answered from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. each Monday through Friday during regular business hours at the Pittsburg County Courthouse.
"If someone is here, we will answer the phone," Trammell said.
This year's Pittsburg County Community Thanksgiving Dinner is set for around noon on Thursday, Nov. 28. The dinner will be held at the Pittsburg County Emergency Management Office, at 701 EOC Drive, just off West Street near the Pittsburg County Sheriff's Office.
With no age or income guidelines in place, the free Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings is offered once again this year to any Pittsburg County resident who wants to participate,
Meals will be available three ways. Participants are welcome to come and join with the volunteers for a sit-down meal at the site or they can pick up meals to go on Thanksgiving Day. Arrangement for deliveries in Pittsburg County can be made it for those who are unable to get to the Emergency Management Office.
"We'll start getting deliveries out at about 8," said Jim Kelley, the former Pittsburg County Assessor who still helps with the project.
"People who pick up their orders can start at about 11," Kelley said, referring to how the meals will be distributed on Thanksgiving Day. Volunteers plan on beginning the sit-down meals at the site at around noon on Thanksgiving Day.
Volunteers, including a number of Pittsburg County elected officials and their employees, band together during the week of Thanksgiving to begin preparing the meal.
Two serving lines will be opened up this year in an attempt to expedite matters, he said, The goal is to have the meals ready to serve more quickly than last year.
It's important that those who call because they need their meals delivered give precise instructions to help make sure those making the deliveries can find their residences on Thanksgiving Day, said Kelley.
"In a rural area, make sure they give us good, specific instructions," he said.
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