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Thanksgiving, Island style

The Island Community Center annual Thanksgiving dinner meal included turkey, stuffing, squash, potato, gravy, carrots, peas, cranberry sauce, butter and olives. An additional helping of sweet breads, a biscuit and a cookie was added, as well as a slice of pie to top off the meal. The only thing missing was Grandma’s best china. The dinner was a team effort between ICC board trustee Leslie Rice, volunteer Danielle Thompson and the ICC, who assembled and distributed 45 warm dinners to individuals or families on the Island who may not have had a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner otherwise. The dinner, which has been held for six years, was previously made in the kitchen of Sylvia Tate. Another annual holiday meal is held at the Island Nursing Home, who throw a big, traditional Thanksgiving dinner for residents and their family members on Thanksgiving day. “We always prepare a really good meal—turkey and all the fixings, and mincemeat pies, cream pies. Mincemeat pies were the favorite, but pumpkin was close,” said Becky Seibert, director of Residential Care.

Volunteer Jean Wheeler helps serve the food

Volunteer Jean Wheeler helps serve the food

Volunteer Jean Wheeler helps serve the food. “This is a community within a community,” said Seibert, of the residents, family members and volunteers.

Photo courtesy Island Nursing Home

Gerald Wheeler entertains resident Marion Bauman

Gerald Wheeler entertains resident Marion Bauman

At the Island Nursing Home annual Thanksgiving dinner, Gerald Wheeler entertains resident Marion Bauman.

Photo courtesy Island Nursing Home

45 warm dinners

45 warm dinners

The ICC assembled and distributed 45 warm dinners, shown, to individuals or families on the Island who may not have had a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner otherwise.

Photo courtesy Leslie McDonald-Rice

Island Community Center annual Thanksgiving dinner

Island Community Center annual Thanksgiving dinner

Above, left to right, are Richard Paget, Pat Gross, Leslie McDonald-Rice, Peyton Rice, Danielle Thompson, Genevieve McDonald, Betty Outz , Linda Wichowski and Abby Gross-Markham at the Island Community Center annual Thanksgiving dinner.

Photo courtesy Pat Gross