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Many people assisted free meal project

Published: Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

The Dixon Knights of Columbus Free Thanksgiving Dinner committee would like to thank everyone who helped make our fourth annual free Thanksgiving dinner such a success.

We are glad to report that we gave out more than 450 free dinners that day. This included deliveries, carryouts and eat-ins. The extra food and funds will be distributed to organizations such as PADS, Loaves and Fishes, and the Dixon Food Pantry.

This year, we are able to donate $500 to Loaves and Fishes and the Dixon Food Pantry, plus food donations to Loaves and Fishes and PADS in Dixon.

The support for this meal was exceptional. We had 90 helpers on Thanksgivings Day to prepare and serve, meet and greet, clean up and deliver meals. We had many others offer, too.

Our community helpers were many. Lee-Ogle Transportation Service and Jennifer Lang offered rides on that day. KSB, Farley Appliance, Culligan of Dixon, and Dixon Township led the long list of businesses, organizations and individuals that made contributions to the event. Without the contributions, big or small, we would not have been able to put this meal on.

Thank you, all. Thanks also to all the media, both newspapers and the radio stations, for helping to spread our message. It was apparent that the message was communicated well.

Finally, I would like to thank those fellow planners and organizers for their time and efforts: Tory and Shelly Koehler, Richard and Betty Kanzler, Bob Wolf, Jonathon Smith and Jean Gornik. Wow. Your work was outstanding. We were ready. Thank you for all you did. We really had a fun time. I can’t wait until next year. Thank you, community.

Note to readers – Gary Gornik is a Dixon Knights of Columbus officer and was part of the organizing committee for the free Thanksgiving dinner.

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