Free Thanksgiving dinner tabled, at least for this year

NAPLES — For the last three years, CrossWalk Community Outreach has hosted free Thanksgiving dinners at the Naples Town Hall, serving upwards of 70 people each year.

Unfortunately this year, there will be no free Thanksgiving dinner.

“Due to volunteers’ other commitments, we cannot do this in 2013. We hope to return in full swing next Thanksgiving to join our community in celebrating this wonderful holiday,” said Joanna Moore, director  of CrossWalk Community Outreach. “Thanks in advance for your understanding.”

CrossWalk will, however, have a holiday celebration for veterans in the community in December.

“Our Christmas Cheer for Troops is planning to honor our local Lake Region veterans, young or old, with refreshments, a holiday food basket and a small token of our appreciation for their service,” Moore said. “We are also wishing as well to help local veterans’ families at Christmas by giving their children and families Christmas gifts this year to make their season a little brighter.”

Families that are referred to CrossWalk must reside in the organization’s serving area of Naples, Sebago, Harrison, Casco or Bridgton.

“We need your help. Please do help refer a veteran to us so we can honor them this holiday season,” Moore said.

The referral deadline is Dec. 7 by e-mailing crosswalkoutreach@yahoo.com or calling 615-3226.

“We want to thank all of our veterans from our communities for their great sacrifice for our freedoms. We also wish to thank all of our volunteers from our past Thanksgiving dinners for their willingness to give of themselves on a holiday to serve their community,” Moore said. “Next year, we will be back and ready to serve you with willing hands and open hearts.”

On behalf of CrossWalk Community Outreach, its board members and volunteers, “we wish all our Lake Region community members a very blessed Thanksgiving and a very happy holiday season,” Moore said.

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