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Jaycees serve up Thanksgiving pre-feast

November 21, 2000

Jaycees serve up Thanksgiving pre-feast



By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer


HALFWAY - Residents and staff from some of Washington County's nursing homes were the guests of honor at a pre-Thanksgiving dinner Monday evening hosted by the Hagerstown Jaycees.

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About 25 residents from nursing homes, including Avalon, Homewood and Eden Pines, were taken to the to the Church of the Holy Trinity on Oak Ridge Drive for the meal.

"The purpose of this project is to provide a holiday meal and an evening of entertainment for elderly nursing home residents who may not otherwise have someone to spend the holiday with," said organizer Chip Alsip of the Hagerstown Jaycees.

The event was modeled after a similar dinner put on by Jaycees in Towson, Md. Members of the local organization participated in that dinner last year, said Alsip.

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"As a chapter we're involved a lot in events that focus on children. We are branching out to include the older folks in the community," he said.

About 20 Hagerstown Jaycees volunteered to help with the event, which took four months of preparation, Alsip said.

Much of the food and decorations were donated by area businesses. Entertainment was provided by the Williamsport High School String Orchestra and Jazz Band. Girl Scout Troop 219 and Brownie Troop 264 made decorations.

As they listened to the band play such tunes as "New York, New York," the guests were served a traditional holiday dinner of turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, corn and dessert.

A small, colored paper turkey party favor was filled with sweets.

Many of the guests said the food was delicious and the event put them in the holiday spirit.

Homewood resident Jim Rice called the event lovely. "They were generous to do this," he said.

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