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Organizations offering Thanksgiving meals

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Those in need of a meal or assistance with a meal for Thanksgiving will be able to find several possibilities in Roswell, starting this week.

La Casa Family Health Center, 1511 S. Grand Ave., will have a drive-through turkey basket giveaway starting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18. The baskets will include items to make a full Thanksgiving meal as well as information on community resources.

No registration is required, Jasmine Johnson, marketing director for La Casa, said. The event will be first-come, first served with one basket per household and 100 baskets available.

COVID-19 and flu vaccines will also be available at the drive-thru event, she said.

“We do have the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine available, so those children 5 to 11 will be able to receive their vaccine at this event as well,” she said.

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Donations for the baskets will be accepted until noon Thursday. Johnson can be contacted at 575-359-3825.

The Community Kitchen, 114 E. Bland St., will offer its free Thanksgiving meal on Monday, Nov. 22. The grab-and-go meal, sponsored by Woodcrest Dairy, will have turkey, dressing, sweet potato casserole and a dessert. The Community Kitchen will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25.

The Boys and Girls Club of Chaves and Lincoln Counties will resume its community meal Nov. 23 by offering grab-and-go meals from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at its Roswell club, 201 S. Garden Avenue. The meal will include turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, green beans, a roll and dessert.

The meal is open to the community, not just families of children who are members, Executive Director Tim Coughlin said.

“It’s a free meal for anybody in the community. We’re planning for about 250 people. We’ll have clamshells that we’ll be putting the food into and people can come in, walk down the line, get what they want and head out,” he said.

The Salvation Army and Roswell Community Disaster Relief Services will both deliver meals to those who are homebound and would otherwise not be able to get a meal on Thanksgiving Day. Each will also have walk-up services offering a holiday meal for the homeless.

For the Salvation Army meals, those who need delivery can call 575-622-8700 to sign up, Capt. Nikki Woollin said. Serving for the walk-up meals will begin at 11 a.m. Thanksgiving Day at 612 W. College Blvd.

Woollin said donations, either monetary or food, are being accepted to help with the meal, especially desserts.

“Pies are the biggest thing we need right now,” she said.

Roswell Community Disaster Relief will also deliver meals to those who are homebound because of age, disability or lack of transportation. Those interested can sign up by calling Director Enrique Moreno at 575-208-4055.

He said community members could alert the organization to elderly neighbors or homeless individuals they might regularly see to help them reach more people.

“We can make sure we get them something,” he said. “It’s important especially for the seniors because we also will conduct a wellness check while we’re there.”

The organization will also have its emergency relief bus parked at Pioneer Plaza downtown to serve meals to the homeless and give out winter supplies Thanksgiving Day. Moreno and volunteers will begin serving at 1 p.m.

The disaster relief organization is also accepting donations of food or money for the holiday meals, Moreno said.

“We’re asking if any families are willing to throw in an extra turkey or make an extra tray of sides or something like that, they could contact us to let us know and see what we’re needing,” he said.

Food donations can be accepted through noon on Thanksgiving, he said. The bus will be set up downtown before that time and donations can be brought there.

Harvest Ministries, 601 N. Main, will be giving out holiday boxes, but only to those who have been previous clients of the food bank, Executive Director Pastor Mark Green said.

The Community Volunteer Program led by the family of the late Johnny Gonzales, a longtime minister in Roswell, will not be having a community meal this year because of the difficulty in finding a location for large gatherings in the pandemic, Mary Gonzales said. The family plans to bring back a community meal next year.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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