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Turkey Time | Groups ready for Thanksgiving

Karen Korbelik holds up one of the many turkeys offered at Good Cheer. The food bank has about 250 turkeys to last through Christmas. Korbelik is hoping for more donations throughout the month.  - Celeste Erickson / The Record
Karen Korbelik holds up one of the many turkeys offered at Good Cheer. The food bank has about 250 turkeys to last through Christmas. Korbelik is hoping for more donations throughout the month.
— image credit: Celeste Erickson / The Record

South Whidbey will be wafting in the smells of good home cooking come Thanksgiving.

Several events around the community offer something for everyone. From a quick bite at the potluck to a full meal delivered right to your door.

Meals on the go

For those in need, the Mobile Turkey Unit provides free Thanksgiving meals to the doors of residents on South and Central Whidbey.

This year, the unit expects to exceed the number served from last year. In 2012, the group made more than 350 dinners and this year they expect to surpass 400.

About 90 volunteers are slated to help mobilize the effort in any way they can, from drivers to potato peelers, and they are always looking for more.

“Every year we look forward to serving customers and doing a good job,” said Art Taylor, president of the organization. He added that helping people have a happy Thanksgiving is what they are all about.

“That’s our goal, that’s why we’re in existence,” he said.

For Taylor, giving back to people is an important part of his life because of the people who have helped him.

“Those kind of things gave me a start, that’s not to say my parents didn’t,” he said. “I remember the people that gave me that footing and have made my life what it is. I’m hoping to pass on that good cheer and good will to people.”

For information visit http://mobileturkeyunit.wordpress.com or call 360-341-1220. Orders will be received up to 3 p.m. the day before Thanksgiving as supplies last.

At the food bank

The Good Cheer Food Bank is also seeing an increase in meals for the month of November with more than 1,000 families in need, which is a small increase from 980 families in 2012.

With a tighter crunch, the food bank is hoping to receive more donations through a food drive at the Goose. Customers can buy a turkey at the register to donate to Good Cheer for $15 through the month of December.

Food bank manager Karen Korbelik said with many volunteers going away for the holidays, the food bank is in need of more volunteers in the winter.

“It’s a lovely time to remember that we have the ability to give back,” she said.

“I love my job this time of the year,” she said. “It’s touching to hear people’s stories who come in and volunteer.

Around the South End

A traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings will be served at the American Legion Post 141. All are welcome to enjoy good food and a great atmosphere. The free dinner will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, at the Legion, 14096 Highway 525, Langley.

Another free dinner will be available earlier in the day. The Soup Kitchen at Island Church of Whidbey will be open for a feast from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, at 503 Cascade Ave., Langley.

Bayview Community Hall will host a Thanksgiving potluck from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, 5642 Bayview Road.

 

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