The Auburn Salvation Army with the help over 200 volunteers served a Thanksgiving Community Dinner Thursday at the Gold Country Fairgrounds Placer Building.
The line of guests began forming outside the building before the noon meal. Guests feasted on smoked turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, yams, green beans, rolls, dessert and beverages all served by smiling volunteers. The effort was helped by local businesses, community service groups and community members eager to help provide a holiday meal for anyone who wanted to attend.
Table mates attending the feast fast began friends as the dinners were served. Volunteers worked together like a well-oiled machine, serving close to 1,000 meals at the dinner and preparing and delivering another 450 meals to area shut-ins unable to attend the dinner.
“The Salvation Army, The Forgotten Soldier Program, Auburn Rotary, and many community members played a huge part in the compassionate action coming together to make this dinner happen today,” said the Salvation Army’s Lt. Aline Posner, event coordinator.
The preparation began on Wednesday by volunteers and dinners with all the fixings were served beginning at noon until 2 p.m. Food for the meals was donated or purchased at low prices supplied by local merchants. Smoked turkeys came from Longhorn Meats, other meal ingredients from Grocery Outlet, Ikeda’s, Machado Orchards, The Flour Garden and the Forgotten Soldier Program.