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All welcome at Auburn's Thanksgiving feast

Meals served free from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday
By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal Features Editor
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Don’t worry about roasting a bird this Thanksgiving. The Salvation Army’s got you covered. Plans are underway for Auburn’s 18th annual community Thanksgiving Day dinner, a feast free to anyone and everyone. “It’s a way for the Salvation Army to thank the community for enabling the Salvation Army to help those who truly need help,” said Angela Atteberry, longtime event coordinator. Turkey and all the traditional favorites are served from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday in the Placer Building of Auburn’s Gold Country Fairgrounds. It’s a full-service meal, meaning attendees are seated upon arrival and served by volunteers. “If you want to take home seconds, you’re welcome to do that, too,” said Ken Tokutomi, chairman of Salvation Army’s board of directors. All the food’s taken care of, and volunteers have graciously stepped up, meaning all you need to do is show up with an empty stomach, Tokutomi said. It costs about $12,000 to feed the thousand-plus people this dinner typically draws. Those who feel the need to help out can send donations to the Salvation Army, PO Box 4088, Auburn, CA 95604. Or, drop some change in one of the Salvation Army’s red kettles — Thanksgiving marks the start of the annual holiday fundraising campaign, Tokutomi said. The dinner, while quite an undertaking, is well worth it. “I enjoy seeing the people having a good time and the fulfillment of knowing you did something really great in the community,” Tokutomi said. Reach the Journal’s Loryll Nicolaisen at lorylln@goldcountrymedia.com __________ 18th annual Thanksgiving Day dinner When: Noon to 2 p.m. Thursday Where: Placer Building, Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St., Auburn Cost: Free Information: (530) 889-3990 Good to know: Homebound residents can request a free delivered meal by calling (530) 888-1303 by noon Wednesday.