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Donations, volunteers needed for T-giving dinner

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Ministers Union and the Community Food Pantry are once again seeking volunteers and donations for the annual Thanksgiving dinner that makes sure less fortunate families and seniors have a warm meal on the holiday

This is the 23rd year the dinner has been held, and this year it will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett, located at 2207 Williams St. in Covington.

Donations of food, including green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, desserts, rolls, powdered drinks such as Kool-Aid and tea, are being accepted. Gallon cans of vegetables are preferred. Donations can be dropped off at the school beginning at noon Wednesday or from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Community Food Pantry, located at 7125 Turner Lake Circle S.W.

Volunteers to help prepare the food are also needed. Preparation, including peeling potatoes, making potato salad, washing and preparing turkeys and gravy, will begin at noon Wednesday at Ficquett. Volunteers can drop by or call the food pantry ahead of time to let organizers know they are coming.

For more information about the event, call Rosalee Thompson with the food pantry at 770-784-0037.