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Thanksgiving in the Valley turns 32
November 24, 2015 Jerry Purvis   

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Thanksgiving in the Valley, a holiday season tradition, returns for its 32nd year at the Guadalupe Center in Scottsbluff on Nov. 26.

The annual event provides an opportunity for fellowship for people who may be by themselves for Thanksgiving or those whose relatives are unable to come back for the holiday.

As last year, Randy Thruston and his crew will be cooking the meal, which will be serving from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Another volunteer, Monty Flock, has been making the cornbread for the meal since the dinner first started in 1983.

Event co-coordinator Kevin Mooney said it’s only possible because of the almost 100 volunteers who give of their time in service, cooking, cleaning and all the other duties needed to make it a success.

“Jill Allen and the Scotts Bluff Volunteer Center will be delivering meals to those who have no access to a dinner at home,” Mooney said.
“About 25 volunteers deliver about 350 of those meals from 10 to 11 a.m.”

More drivers are also needed to deliver meals, so interested people can call Allen at the Volunteer Center at 308-632-3736 and leave a message.
People who want to a meal delivered may also call the same number.

“We get close to 700 people attending the event,” Mooney said. “It’s about evenly split between delivered meals and those who come to the Guadalupe Center.”

People who would like to volunteer to help with Thanksgiving in the Valley may call Mooney at KNEB, 308-632-7121. “Kendra Feather and I are the coordinators, but she actually does most of the work,” he said.

Helping make Thanksgiving in the Valley possible include ALLO Communications, Hiland Dairy, Northfield Retirement Community, Scott Bluff Elks Lodge, Scottsbluff/Gering Soup Kitchen, Maggie and Julio Bernal, Melvin Shockley, Dorothy Fox, Scottsbluff Noon Kiwanis Club, Guadalupe Center, St. Francis Episcopal Church, Team Auto Center and Great Western Bank.
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