Gold Country Calvary Chapel is holding their 7th annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner at the Nevada City Veterans Hall from 11 until 1 Thanksgiving Day. Coordinator Joy Sidebottom says this free event is not just for those who may not be able to afford the meal, but more for those who want to be with community.
“Everybody from people that just have family that are too far away to travel to, whether they’re recently widowed, people who are alone, families. You don’t have to be financially struggling. It’s just people that don’t have any place to be and want to be involved and meeting new people. It’s a really great community event.”
Sidebottom says they rely on community members to prepare side dishes as well as volunteers to feed up to 200 people.
“In fact, we really rely on the community. Everywhere from the Nevada County Food Bank is a huge contributor to helping us pack 50 car packages that we give out at the event. We do a food drive and whatever we fall short of; the Nevada County Food Bank helps out with that and we purchase whatever we need after that. And since this is a small site, we only have one oven, we really rely on the community to bring side dishes and collectively, that’s how we feed 200 servings.”
She says it is also a good way for families to teach children the joy of giving. Contact Gold Country Calvary to volunteer, donate or to request a ride to and from the event. Their website is goldcountrycalvery.com.