Post & Mail photo/Becky Hand - Gene Smith of the Columbia City Rotary Club and Sherri Grim owner of Sherriâ€™s Place Restaurant met last week at the restaurant to discuss final arrangements for the Thanksgiving meal.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City Rotarians and Sherri Grim from Sherriâ€™s Place Restaurant in Columbia City are talking turkey.
Thanksgiving turkey, that is.
The Rotary Club is joining forces with Sherriâ€™s Place to offer a community Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, for anyone in the community, including those who canâ€™t travel to Sherriâ€™s Place for the meal.
â€śSome have money, but donâ€™t have family,â€ť said Grim, and gave the invitation to â€ścome and eat!â€ť
The meals are free, but those who can may give a donation which will be given to a local food bank.
Last year, the two entities held separate meals at two locations, but felt joining forces would cut costs and the workload. Together they fed more than 430 and organizers expect 450 to 500 this year, including delivered meals.
Meals on wheels recipients will have meals delivered, according to Gene Smith, Rotarian, and anyone else living in Whitley County wanting delivery that day, needs to call Sherriâ€™s Place after 10 a.m. at 244-7878 or Jacie Worrick at 244-6174. Anyone interested in volunteering to help serve on that day should contact Sherri at the above number to reserve a spot.
One family was traveling last year and stopped in to eat, not knowing of the free meal, according to Grim, and received a warm Thanksgiving welcome to Whitley County to their surprise.
No one should miss Thanksgiving dinner this year, just call for delivery or come out to Sherriâ€™s Place for food and camaraderie from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, or join in the servers for a different kind of warm feeling inside.