Kiwanis plans free take-away Thanksgiving Dinner

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500 meals will be ready for the public

Nov. 18, 2020 — The free Kiwanis Community Thanksgiving Dinner will take place as a grab-and-go drive-up event on Thursday, Nov. 26 — Thanksgiving Day — at Florence Elks Lodge #1858, 1686 12th St.

Five hundred Thanksgiving meals will be distributed from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., or until meals run out, whichever is first.

Distribution will be through two lines. People will drive eastbound on 12th Street before signs will direct them into the Elks Lodge parking lot. When vehicles reach the kitchen, volunteers will come out to bring meals directly to the cars.

Each vehicle will be able to pick up meals for their households, but are capped at six meals.

The to-go dinners will contain a full Thanksgiving dinner. Each box will have turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams and a roll, as well as lidded containers for gravy and cranberry sauce. A separate container will have a slice of pumpkin pie.

The Kiwanis Community Thanksgiving Dinner is possible through the work of the Kiwanis Club of Florence; the organizing committee consisting of Shannon Sheets, Clara Kuhn and Gary Vawter; and dozens of volunteers.

“We rely on community volunteers or the event would not be possible,” said Sheets. “It is served to our community, and that is the Siuslaw region, meaning Florence and Mapleton.”

The event is free, though people may bring food items that will then be donated to the Mapleton and Florence food shares. Any cash donations offset the cost of the event.

For more information, visit For those who wish to donate, mail items to Kiwanis Club of Florence, Oregon, PO Box 1667, Florence, OR 97439.