Community helping those in need on Thanksgiving

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Updated: 11/21/2012 11:04 am Published: 11/20/2012 3:34 pm

For those Tulsans struggling financially there are options available in Green Country for holiday meals.

Loaves and Fishes Ministries is offering a traditional holiday meal on Thanksgiving Day. Meals will be served from 11 am until 2 pm on Thursday along with fellowship for the entire family.

Following their meal, families in attendance will be given a ham and a box of food items to assist their families during the extended holiday period. This is the third year Loaves and Fishes has offered a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to those in need.

“Everyone needs a day to relax and forget about their problems,” said Milo Reno, director of Loaves and Fishes Ministries.

This year’s Thanksgiving meal this year will be served at the Southeast Tulsa Free Will Baptist Church, located at 1801 S. Garnett Road in Tulsa.

On Wednesday, November 21st beginning at 10 a.m., Restore Hope will be providing 600 families who have pre-registered, baskets with a turkey, nonperishable items and potatoes, onions, celery, carrots, rolls and all the fixings.

Several Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma Partner Programs will be providing meals to those struggling with hunger including:

East Tulsa – Loaves and Fishes Ministries, 1801 S. Garnett Road, 11 am until 2 pm.
West Tulsa (Wednesday Only) – 2960 Charles Page Blvd. beginning at 10 a.m.
Downtown Tulsa – Iron Gate at Trinity, 501 S. Cincinnati Avenue, 8:30 am – 10:30 am. The traditional Thanksgiving meal is being donated by First Baptist Church of Owasso

Also citing tough economic times, The Tulsa Area Salvation Army is expecting to serve over 1,000 people Thanksgiving Dinner Thurs., Nov. 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Center of Hope, 102 North Denver.

"We already serve an average of 800 per day," said Arletta Robinson, Executive Director. "On Thanksgiving our numbers will go up."

More than 80 volunteers will help prepare, and then serve the dinner to the guests restaurant style. It's cafeteria style the rest of the year, Robinson said.

More free Thanksgiving options:

Apple Barrel, 151st & Memorial in Bixby - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Big Daddy's, 4560 N. Lewis – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Duffy's, 706 S. Elm Place in Broken Arrow - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Frank's Café, 5451 S Mingo - 10:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m.
Tally's Café, 11th & Yale – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Corner Café, 1103 S Peoria – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What: John 3:16 Mission
Where: 506 N. Cheyenne Ave.
When: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

What: St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Where: 9100 E. 21st St.
When: 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday

What: Tulsa County emergency shelter
Where: 2401 Charles Page Blvd.
When: 5:00 to 6 p.m., Thursday

What: Claremore First United Methodist Church
Where: 1615 N. Oklahoma 88 in Claremore
When: 6:00pm, Thursday – includes church service

Crossroads Fellowship Church
Thanksgiving Dinner
Thursday, November 22: 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. (or until the food is gone)
100 W. Dawes Avenue
All Are Invited To Attend
Sponsored by the Bixby Community

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