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St. Philip’s hosts Thanksgiving meal

Anna Glen, 7, and Helenruth Schuette bag vegetables Wednesday for 175 home-delivery meals as they prepare for the Thanksgiving Community Meal at St. Philip’s. The meal will be served from noon to 1:30 p.m. today. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

The meal, to be served from noon to 1:30 p.m., is free but donations are accepted. The meal features traditional Thanksgiving fixings including turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and pumpkin pie.

Karen Propeck, who helps organize the event, said planners are preparing for around 600 people.

“It has been (growing),” she said. “We get more families and people who come because they don’t have family it town.”

There also appears to be an increasing number of local families who attend the meal each year, she agreed.

“They come to get the fellowship of people as they eat,” Propeck said. “It’s kind of nice.”

The meal is delivered to those who are homebound and also is available for pickup. Rides are provided for those who cannot transport themselves.

The site of the annual community meal rotates around about a half-dozen local churches large enough to accommodate the popular event.

“What’s gotten easier is we’re on a rotating basis now,” she said. “It makes it easier so churches cab plan.”

Smaller churches get involved, too, as they provide volunteers and donations, Propeck noted.