Community Thanksgiving dinner open to all

For the 24th year a hard-working group of Montrose community member have cooked complete traditional Thanksgiving dinners.  The dinner runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22. Everyone in the area is invited at no charge.

The location is Friendship Hall, at the Fairgrounds, 1001 N. 2nd St. The meals are absolutely free, and if you are homebound these good people will deliver the food to you.

Each year, Montrose Community Dinners prepares Thanksgiving meals for an average of 1,800 people. The process begins in the summer, when they solicit donations, sign up volunteers, and advertise the event. As the holiday arrives, they prepare the food, serve it, and make the deliveries. Then, of course, there is the clean-up.

Naturally, the organization can always use more volunteers. This includes people who are willing to serve on committees months in advance, plus many others willing to help the week of, the day of, and the day after the dinner. If this sounds like something you’d like to do, you can sign up at their online volunteer page at Please contact John at 970-417-7227. Of course, like any non-profit, Montrose Community Dinners is fueled by donations. You can contribute financially at their donation page,

And, if you’d like to request a Thanksgiving dinner for a homebound person you can do so at the same website.

Again, there is no financial charge, but you’re likely to get an emotional charge out of helping or being helped.

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Dave Segal

Dave Segal

Dave Segal, a Detroit native, has been a journalist since 1977. He has worked as a reporter, commentator, and news director at radio stations in Detroit, Denver, and Montrose.

Dave has been writing and editing for the Monitor since its first print issue in 2003. He is editor and senior writer for the digital magazine. On the side, Dave has also done freelance writing, media relations, and a variety of volunteer work.