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Thanksgiving dinner slated for Thursday

Plans are forming and donations are being collected for the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, which will be held at Immaculate Conception Church in New Richmond.

The dinner, which takes place at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22, is a traditional Thanksgiving meal offered to the community free of charge. Last year more than 400 dinners were served, making it the biggest year in Ronda Bierbrauer's 14 years as chairwoman of the event.

The dinner is offered to anyone in the community. Attendees do not need to be parishioners or residents of New Richmond.

"It's too soon to tell how many will attend this year, but I'm planning on 400 dinners," Bierbrauer said.

The event's success is reliant on volunteers and donations from the community, she said. Volunteers and donations have been slow thus far; however, Bierbrauer said she hopes things pick up this week as area churches and community organizations get the word out.

"Volunteers the day of would be good," she said. "And any donations would be appreciated."

Bierbrauer said the group has met its maximum for turkeys; however, other needs include: turkey gravy in a jar, pickles, olives, jellied cranberries, assorted pies, stove top stuffing, coffee, apple cider, aluminum foil and turkey pans and food storage containers.

Bierbrauer said pies are also needed and can be store-bought or handmade.

"We'll take any kind," she said.

Non-perishable items can be dropped off at the entrances of the church, 151 S. Washington Ave. Donations can be stored in boxes marked "Community Thanksgiving Dinner."

Those looking to volunteer or donate can call Bierbrauer at 715-246-2086. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by Nov. 20 by calling 715-246-4652, ext. 1.