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SIDE OF GRATITUDE: Rotary Club plans for holiday feast

November 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Rotary Clubs are known for their civic investment in communities throughout the year. However, Rotarians in Columbia City are giving back in a way that requires time, sacrifice and service.

A community Thanksgiving dinner will be served by the organization on Thanksgiving day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 4-H Center in Columbia City.

The meal is offered at no charge, but freewill donations are accepted. Proceeds from the dinner will go to food banks in Whitley County.

“It’s a way for us to give back the community in a real way,” said Jacie Worrick, a Rotarian and one of the event’s organizers. “The meal is not just for those in need, although they are welcome. It is for anyone who wants to join us for lunch.”

In addition to the dinner served at the 4-H Center, Rotarians will deliver meals to homes in Columbia City, South Whitley and Whitley County.

Those who want to have home delivery should contact Smith & Sons Funeral Home at 244-7601 or J&J Insurance Solutions at 244-6174.

“We will have a number of teams who will make the deliveries on Thanksgiving Day,” Worrick said.

“It takes a little bit of planning, but it’s worth the effort to give those who can’t come out to the fairgrounds for a meal. There’s no reason they should go without.”

Worrick said the group will deliver approximately 100 dinners and plan to serve 300 meals. After last year’s holiday feast, the Rotarians donated $2,000 to local food banks.

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