Payson Elks Provide Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner

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Everett Griffin and Tom Estabrook of the Payson Elks Lodge help unload the turkeys the lodge and volunteers will serve, free of charge, Thursday, Nov. 24. The lodge received 19 cases of turkeys, with two turkeys in each case.

A traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings is at the fingertips of Rim Country residents.

The Payson Elks Lodge is hosting a free turkey dinner with all of the trimmings on Thursday, Nov. 24 at the Payson Elks Lodge on the corner of Beeline Highway and Airport Road.

Bob Troutman, chairman of the event, said, "I feel there are a lot of people who don't have a family here. They need a way to be with other people and share dinner. Many people wouldn't have dinner if it weren't for this."

Last year the Elks fed more than 480 meals and took 90 others to people who were homebound.

"It feels great doing this for other people," said Troutman. He said he didn't have any trouble finding volunteers to help him with the project.

"The other night I met with a number of people, and it only took me about five minutes to get enough volunteers. We'll have 65 to 70 people helping this year," he said.

To get a free Thanksgiving dinner, pick up a ticket by Nov. 22 at the Elks Lodge, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce offices in Payson or Pine, or the senior center in Payson or Pine.

There will be three seatings: at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.

Deliveries to the homebound can be scheduled by calling (928) 474-2572 or (928) 474-4515.

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