New fundraising event for Winters Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Marie Rojo-Heilmann (left) and Gwen Pisani are pointing out that canned green beans and corn, and boxed stuffing mix, can be donated at any time of day in the purple collection bin outside Anytime Fitness. The donations will be used for the annual community Thanksgiving dinner. Photo by Debra DeAngelo

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Fall has yet to show its summer-ending face. The leaves haven’t turned, the heat dauntingly remains and the sunflowers still reside in the fields, just droopy headed. With the summer bounties wrapping up, the food has been processed and the larders have been filled. Many… but not all. For some, the struggle to feed their families is a day-to-day fight. One person’s mission for over twenty years has been to ensure that any families in need during this time have at least one solid and well-rounded meal for Thanksgiving. Marie Rojo-Heilman has strived and succeeded to bring about an efficient and well executed system of procuring and delivering these meals to all who reside close or within the town.

The meals are delivered beforehand for recipients who wish to cook it on their own, or delivered on Thanksgiving Day for those that may not be able to delve into the culinary world themselves. In a gesture that could make any mother proud, the organizers allot each deliverer time to spend with the receiver, instead of just handing over food and skedaddling.

This holiday is more than just Thanksgiving, it is more Thanksgiving-back. It is a time for the community to rise up and give a portion of their summer bounties to their neighbors and friends in need.

To kick-off the fundraising for the event this year there will be an event called Winters Food Truck Mania. The truck vendors are donating 10 percent of their sales from the day to the Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

Winters Food Truck Mania will take place on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Green River Brewing and Taproom from 5 -9 p.m. There will be a raffle and live music performed by Strange Brew. Admission to the event is free.

Donations to the Thanksgiving dinner can be made at First Northern Bank under Winters Community Dinner. They can provide you with a donation letter for tax purposes as well.

Those interested in volunteering to help prepare or serve meals should call Rojo-Heilman at 530-219-9467 or Gwen Pisani at 530-795-4444 for more information.

Beginning in October there will be red food collection bins at Anytime Fitness, Ace Hardware, First Northern Bank and the Winters Parent Nursery School. People can drop off canned green beans, canned corn and boxed stuffing mix at these bins.

People interested in donating a turkey should call Rojo-Heilman or Pisani to arrange to drop it off at the Community Center.

To get more updates on the event follow them on their Facebook page Winters Community Thanksgiving Dinner.


Correction: This event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 7. The date was previously misstated as Sunday, Sept. 7. ]]>

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