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November 20, 2013

Free Thanksgiving dinner to be offered Saturday

DUNCAN — Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends but if you find yourself in need of company this year, there will be a Community Thanksgiving Meal this weekend.

Though the dinner at Christmas is well-known and been around for many years, this is the first year for a free community Thanksgiving meal in Duncan. The meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Duncan Senior Citizens Center, 1110 N. 7th Street.

It is hosted by Duncan Community Development Corporation, Inc.

“We have about 15 members and have been together since October,” said Sharicka Lockhart, member. “We’re people from the community who decided to come together to provide resources and positive things to do.”

One of the first positive events the group has planned is the Thanksgiving meal, which will feature turkey, dressing, and several homemade dishes and desserts.

“Everyone is invited,” said Lockhart. “We’re excited to be able to provide this for community and get the word out to community about our group and what we’re all about.”

Lockhart mentioned that anyone who would like to volunteer to help with the meal is welcome. Donations will also be accepted to go towards next year’s meal.

“Any kind of help, we’ll take it,” she said. “The community has really come behind us and supported us financially (with the meal). We raised more than $1,000 to put the dinner on.”

Other ideas the group are trying to put into reality, Lockhart said, are developing after-school programs for kids, developing resources for single moms to help them find jobs and providing youth college prep and job shadowing.

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