Giving thanks in Ottumwa


To the Editor:
Thanksgiving has come and gone but the memory of a very successful Community Thanksgiving Dinner in Ottumwa lingers. Last year, the Ottumwa Community Thanksgiving Dinner Committee provided meals to more than 750 people. Additional outreach enabled us to provide about 950 meals this year. Our hope is to reach even more next year. No one should be hungry and especially not at this special time of year.
Donations of money, food, time and talent were generously given to this project. The list of financial donors is too lengthy to mention here. That list of generous people is only surpassed by the outpouring of volunteers who came to help cook, serve, box meals, make deliveries to homes throughout the area, serve meals to the people who came into the Knights of Columbus hall for lunch, visited with people or helped clean up after the event. A special word of thanks goes to the Knights of Columbus for providing the facility for food preparation, distribution and serving.
We would be remiss if we did not give a special word of thanks to volunteers who took reservations and assembled the list of names for home-delivered meals. We must also acknowledge people within numerous agencies who reached out to their clients and made the offer of a hot meal on Thanksgiving
Special word of thanks to the media who helped spread the word of this event throughout Ottumwa and the surrounding area. Jointly, radio, TV and the print media worked cooperatively with the committee.
Without all the parts working together, none of it would have resulted in so much success and service to our citizens.
On behalf of the Community Thanksgiving Dinner Committee, thank you to one and all.
Pam Ward, chairperson
Ottumwa Community Thanksgiving Dinner Committe

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