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Little Brothers needs volunteers, food

November 19, 2012
By KURT HAUGLIE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK - Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly will be conducting its 30th Thanksgiving dinner for their elderly friends Thursday, and although it has most of what it needs for the dinner, it's still looking for a few items.

Cathy Aten, LBFE volunteer coordinator, said as of Wednesday, there was a slight shortage of the star for the day.

"We still need 15 turkeys," she said. "We need lots of pies."

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Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette
Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly volunteers dish up desserts during the Thanksgiving gathering in South Range in 2010. The agency still needs volunteers to help with this year’s holiday preparations.

It's not just food that's needed, Aten said. People are needed also at the 11 locations where the meals are taking place.

"We still need volunteers at all sites and all times," she said.

Aten said kitchen help will start at 8 or 9 a.m., depending on the site. Set-up work will begin at 10:30 a.m.

"We do still need people in the kitchens," she said.

Help is also needed serving, cleaning up, delivering hot meals to the friends who don't come to the meal sites, and drivers to transport friends to and from the meal sites.

For specific needs at specific locations, call Aten at 482-6944.

Lead organizers are needed at all sites, Aten said. People with musical talents are needed, also.

"We need entertainment at a couple of sites," she said.

After Thanksgiving, work for the organization's Christmas efforts will begin.

"We're going to be doing a Christmas food box," she said.

Those boxes will be delivered to about 200 people, which Aten said is far more than the people who get regular deliveries from the LBFE food pantry.

Food items are needed for those boxes, also, and Aten said people who want to donate should call for specific needs.

The Christmas box program takes place from Dec. 1 to 21.

"We're going to be looking for volunteers to deliver our Christmas food boxes and Christmas dinners," she said.

Aten said volunteers are needed to bake Christmas cookies, which should be brought to the LBFE office at 527 Hancock St. in Hancock no later than Dec. 21.

Volunteers are very much needed for the LBFE Christmas dinner, Aten said.

"Christmas is the most difficult holiday to get volunteer help for," she said.



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