Winters Thanksgiving Community Dinner board amping up efforts

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The Winters Community Thanksgiving Dinner board and committee members are in full-on preparation mode and are seeing community volunteers for this year’s community dinner.

Event organizer Maria Rojo-Heilman said the traditional Winters Community Thanksgiving Dinner is already underway. Community member leaders have already begun to reach out to the community regarding volunteer and donation opportunities.

Rojo-Heilman said they are collecting food, funds and time for the Winters Community to feed the Winters Community Thanksgiving Dinner the 22nd annual Thanksgiving meal. Rojo-Heilman said she will be outside of First Northern Bank the next two Thursdays (Nov. 11 and Nov. 18) to collect donations, volunteer sign-ups and to answer questions.

This year the group is asking for donations of canned jellied cranberry sauce and boxed stuffing mix to be placed in the red collection bins. The red collection bins are located at Winters Parent Nursery School (during business hours), Pacific Ace Hardware and First Northern Bank.

They are also seeking donations of pies and hot, cooked turkeys to be dropped off on the morning of Thanksgiving. For details on donating pies contact Emily Back at 707-344-5109. For details on donating hot, cooked turkeys contact Gwen Pisani at 707-372-4399.

Community members who would like to volunteer time on Thanksgiving to help deliver meals should contact Vanessa Pisani at 530-902-8873.

The group is also seeking monetary donations to help fund the meal. Details about donations can be directed Rojo-Heilman at 530-219-9467. Monetary donations can also be made directly to the account setup at First Northern Bank under “Winters Community Dinner” or can be sent as a Venmo payment to @Marie-Heilman at any time.

Rojo-Heliman originally started the Winters Community Dinner 501(c)(3) nonprofit 21 years ago and has successfully fed a hot Thanksgiving Day meal to meet the needs of the elderly and disabled who are unable to leave their homes or do not have a family to eat with, and for families in crisis who need a little extra support and care.

Updates and volunteer information can be found on the event’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WintersCommunityThanksgivingDinner.

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