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Thanksgiving event succeeds

December 7, 2012
Messenger News

To the editor:

The way people come together to help others really says a lot about a community. Curt Olson was a dedicated volunteer for the past four years helping us serve our Thanksgiving meal. Curt's brother, son and fellow Marines were there to honor a great man with their service.

The people of Fort Dodge and surrounding area showed they are willing to put others before themselves. On Thanksgiving Day, the Fort Dodge Ford Toyota showroom was filled with thoughtful volunteers, over 100 of them, to serve and deliver meals to those alone or less fortunate. Chef Michael Hirst of Iowa Central Community College and his culinary arts students prepared and helped serve the dinners. Hy-Vee and Friendship Haven donated pies, Community Orchard donated pies and cider, Aramark provided linens and Great Western Dining supplied plates and silverware. Candies & Moore brought candy and cookies, Lynch farms supplied fresh produce, Becker Florists provided the table arrangements and the Mendenhalls filled the showroom with great music during the dinner. We'd also like to thank the Sertoma Club for the use of tables and chairs and Great Western Bank for their donation. Mayor Matt Bemrich and his family honored Curt Olson with a moment of silence and offered their support throughout the day.

We would like to say "thank you" to all of the wonderful people that volunteered and spent their day giving back. Without the help and support of such thoughtful individuals, we wouldn't be able to host the Thanksgiving Day dinner that was had by nearly 1,000 people in our community, including over 500 home meal deliveries. We are blessed with great friends and truly amazing people that are willing to help. The outpouring of support is a testament to the spirit and heart of the people of our great city; we look forward to serving again next year.

Casey Johnson

Deb Johnson

Matt Johnson

Nick Johnson

FD Ford Toyota

Fort Dodge



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