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Thanksgiving Dinner Donations, Volunteers Needed

A local church and community center are planning their annual Thanksgiving dinners and could use your help.

Imperial Beach United Methodist Church and the will host Thanksgiving dinners later this month and could use food donations and volunteers to feed more than 500 people.

Imperial Beach UMC plans to feed about 100 people Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All are welcome.

"People who don't want to be alone on Thanksgiving, or if they don't have money, they're more than welcome to come and be a part," said Denise Hilbert.

A list of food items is needed to help make the event happen.

  • Cooked turkeys (5)
  • Cooked ham (2)
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Canned green beans
  • Canned corn
  • Dressing
  • Yams
  • Canned cranberry sauce
  • Gravy
  • Dinner rolls
  • Pies (10), apple and pumpkin only

Extra donations will go to the church's program to feed the homeless and emergency food bank, Hilbert said.

Food can be donated Thanksgiving Day or by calling the church at 619-424-5181 or Denise Hilbert at 619-278-9884.

About a dozen volunteers are needed to cook or help serve. Email Hilbert at dhil429@cox.net to sign-up. Students who need volunteer hours can help and get credit.

The Boys & Girls Club of South County will carry on its traditional Feed the Kids and Families dinner a day before Thanksgiving Nov. 21 from 3-5:30 p.m.

The dinner started by Bill Hixon, Sr. from the Kiwanis Club. Hixon passed away last year, but the tradition continues, feeding more than 400 families every year with help from Loews Coronado Bay Resort chefs, Chargers Girls and dozens of volunteers.

Click here to sign up to volunteer.

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