The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 25, 2013

Community Thanksgiving meal at St. Joseph turns 30

By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News

— DANVILLE — This year marks a milestone for the annual Thanksgiving dinner sponsored by St. Joseph Church and the Knights of the Columbus.

The free dinner, featuring turkey and all the trimmings, will observe its 30th year.

“We hope to have a special visit by Santa this time to celebrate an extra special year,” said Connie Hilkert.

Hilkert’s husband, Duane Hilkert, and Paul Seif are coordinating the event on Thanksgiving Day, which is Thursday.

The free dinner, open to anyone, will be served at noon in the St. Joseph School cafeteria at Ferry and Center streets.

Donations, including turkeys and homemade pies, are needed.

They also accept monetary donations to buy what they need.

“Some people will donate 10 pounds of potatoes or several bags of stuffing cubes or they may bring in big cans of vegetable or cranberry sauce,” she said.

Anyone with items to donate should call the Hilkerts at 570-275-2265.

Last year, they served nearly 200 people, including 100 takeout meals.

Meals will be delivered and anyone in need of a ride to and from the dinner or for takeouts should call the Hilkerts. People can also come and pick up the meals.

“Last year we had a huge amount of takeouts,” she said.

The dinner is open “to anyone who wants to come,” she said, whether “they are alone, financially in need or want some company — whatever.”

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