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Santa Cruz Civic will be Turned into the Largest Dining Room in Town Thanksgiving

Friends of Thanksgiving will be putting on a giant Turkey Day spread for those who need it. And it's a great place to volunteer.

With the loss of the Santa Cruz Veteran's Hall, Santa Cruz activist Steve Pleich and Friends of Thanksgiving have organized for the second year, a giant Thanksgiving spread at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium called "Santa Cruz Community Thanksgiving."

The free meal will be served from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday. Last year more than 1,000 people were served.

"We will gather not as the homeless or the housed, not as the rich or the poor, not as the old or the young, but rather as friends and neighbors who will come together and give of themselves to turn a time of want and need into a celebration of joy and generosity," says Pleich in the video on the right.

Organizations all over town have picked up the call. Thehas donated its ovens to cook turkeys.

Organizers including Vice Mayor Don Lane, Homeless Services Center Director of Development Mareisa Weil and Pastor Dennis Adams, Director/Founder of the Santa Cruz-based Acts of Love Foundation, are working to raise $5,000 in donations.

 “It was so moving to hear diners say that they felt like a welcome guest in the home of a friend and we want that same feeling this year when folks sit down to their holiday meal,” said Pastor Adams.

For more information on Friends of Thanksgiving and how you can contribute, please contact Steve Pleich at (831) 334-8692 or donate on line at www.scshelter.org.   Volunteer signup and information is available at friendsofthanksgiving@gmail.com.

Daniel Wootan November 19, 2011 at 12:00 AM
Nice I never got back to you with this one. I will add that Steve Pleich said the Civic works even better than the vets hall because they can serve almost 400 people in each sitting. The Vets Hall had been a tradition, but all seems to working for this event. The county also paid to rent the civic for the day.
Brad Kava November 19, 2011 at 01:36 AM
Great stuff. any other good thanksgiving information people need?

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