Volunteers needed for Warren Thanksgiving deliveries

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Volunteers in Warren will prepare and deliver free meals on Thanksgiving Day to the homebound, elderly and needy in Barrington, Bristol, Warren and Riverside. This is the 25th year of the tradition.

Anyone needing a meal or knowing of someone who needs a meal can call 245-5431 and leave a message.

Volunteers are needed to help prepare and deliver the meals from St. Thomas the Apostle Church on Metacom Avenue in Warren. They're also needed the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving, if you can’t volunteer on the holiday. Those interested in volunteering can also call 245-5431.

Besides the deliveries, a Thanksgiving Day meal will be served in the church hall to those who would otherwise eat alone on the holiday. The meal will be served immediately after the last delivery leaves the hall, usually around noon.

The meal delivery program was started in 1987 by Warren Unit #11 of the American Legion Auxiliary and is still organized by the unit, with help this holiday season from American Legion Post #104 of Warren, the Warren Association of Vietnam Veterans and the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.

Last year, the program delivered 220 meals to homes in Bristol County and Riverside, and another 20 people were served in the church hall.

“We have been delivering and serving more meals in each of the past few years, probably because of the economy,” said Auxiliary president Judy Fardig. “So we will need all the help we can get this Thanksgiving.

Those who cannot volunteer their time might consider donating a turkey or other holiday foodstuffs, or make a contribution, Mrs. Fardig said. Checks can be made out to Warren Unit #11 and mailed to PO Box 293, Warren, RI 02885.

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