FREMONT – Area residents are invited to attend a 32-year-old tradition in the Fremont community.
The 32nd Annual Fremont Community Thanksgiving Dinner, organized by the Fremont Community Dinner organization, will once again feed members of the community a traditional holiday meal, no matter what walk of life they come from. Co-chair of the event Pam Nielsen says the tradition was started by a Fremont woman named Virginia Anderson.
“It began about 37 years ago by a lady by the name of Virginia Anderson. She invited a few people who didn’t have a place to go for Thanksgiving to her home,” said Nielsen. “From there it just kind of progressed. It grew and grew, and went to the City Auditorium. And from there it went to Midland University.”
The dinner will once again take place at Midland University’s dining hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Donations will be accepted but there is no admission fee. Nielsen says they expect to serve a thousand people at the event.
With so many people expected to attend and the amount of food they’ll need for the event, Nielsen says they could always use more volunteers. All anyone would have to do is show up.
“We can always use volunteers. A lot of people show up every year, so anyone is more than welcome to come up. Hopefully we can find a job for them,” said Nielsen. “They can come to the university dining hall and look up either my husband or myself.”
The Fremont Community Thanksgiving Dinner will begin serving their traditional Thanksgiving meal at 11 a.m. at the Midland University Dining Hall. The organization welcomes volunteers of any age, individuals or families.