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December 2, 2013

Letter: Kiwanis' Thanksgiving dinner shows community's spirit of caring

To the editor:

During a time of year that is often difficult for many, the Georgetown Kiwanis Club’s long-standing tradition of hosting an annual dinner for elders leaves no doubt that the true meaning of Thanksgiving thrives and is fostered within this community group.

The scent of oven-roasted turkey filled the Penn Brook School on the Saturday before Thanksgiving as more than 20 members of the Kiwanis Club arrived before 6 a.m. to begin cooking the 22 20-pound turkeys that would soon be the centerpiece of dinners served to

more than 250 elders. Along with the 210 elders who enjoyed dinner together at the school, more than 40 elders and others in the community had meals delivered to them. This annual event is a wonderful example of the commitment to volunteerism that exists in Georgetown.

Rich with the gold and crimson colors of autumn, floral centerpieces created by the Georgetown Country Gardeners festively decorated each linen-clad table, while volunteers from the Kiwanis Club, Builders Club and Georgetown High School Key Club served up plenty of fun along with plates heaped with turkey and all of the traditional trimmings.

Along with a wholesome meal that included 150 pounds of carefully peeled potatoes, 40 pounds of green beans, 100 pounds of butternut

squash, two cases of stuffing and 60 pies, the annual dinner also nourished participants’ well-being and spirits with the warmth of care and companionship shared between the providers and recipients of such gracious work.

On behalf of the Georgetown Council on Aging, I would like to thank the Kiwanis Club, the Builders Club, the Georgetown High School Key Club, the Georgetown School Department and the Georgetown Country Gardeners, as well as all of the volunteers who gave so many hours of service in order to offer this wonderful annual event to elders. We give thanks to you for enriching us with such a meaningful day of Thanksgiving.

Colleen Ranshaw-Fiorello

Director, Georgetown Council on Aging

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