Planning for 2020 Winters Community Thanksgiving Dinner underway

Courtesy Winters Community Thanksgiving Dinner Facebook page

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Event planning for this year’s free Winters Community Thanksgiving Dinner has begun.

With social distancing guidelines to consider, event organizer Marie Rojo-Heilman has adjusted the format of how dinners will be distributed and she is looking for community help.

Rojo-Heliman originally started the Winters Community Dinner 501c3 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 family to eat with, and for families in crisis who need a little extra support and care.

Normally a feast of traditional Thanksgiving goods and a fleet of volunteers gather at the Winters Community Center to serve residents. This year, however, meals will be delivered to the homes of meal recipients.

Rojo-Heilman told the Express this year she will need extra drivers to help deliver meals.

Earlier this week Rojo-Heilman launched a Facebook fundraiser for the Winters Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Donations can be made online at

As of Tuesday afternoon the fundraiser had raised $470 of the $2,000 goal.

Monetary donations can also be made directly to the account setup at First Northern Bank under “ Winters Community Dinner” at any time. All donations are tax deductible.

Rojo-Heilman said she will share more details about the event needs as she gets more planning underway.

Those who wish to donate finances, food or to volunteer service can call Rojo-Heilman at 530-219-9467.

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