HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – Havre’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner grows larger every year, sending out over 950 meals on Thursday. Dinner organizer Debi Rhines says about half of those meals were delivered to the homebound. They also had about 140 volunteers helping to serve this community meal that has been sponsored by an anonymous donor for about 37 years.
“If we count all the volunteers, we count the meals that we put in boxes and we count the number of people that walked through the dining room, we’re sitting at about 960 people. I know a lot of our volunteers stay and eat a meal. We have volunteers who have family meet them down there. So that’s always a wonderful thing.”
Rhines says they had volunteers come from all walks of life to help with the meal.
“We has Shaun Huse and the Men’s Basketball Team come down and help with this process. We had some Northern students come down. We also had a couple of 4-H groups. We had people from out of town who were visiting family. And we had a couple of people that were there for community service through the judicial system.”
Rhines says that while they are happy to deliver food to the homebound, they would like to see a larger proportion of people come to the meal and provide fellowship to each other.