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MoonDogs, Too hosting seventh free Thanksgiving dinner
Volunteers and the staff of MoonDogs,Too will begin preparations Sunday for the annual Thanksgiving dinner at the downtown tavern.
This is the seventh year that Darryl Baldwin’s business has hosted the free dinner, which is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.
“We start on Sunday peeling potatoes, pies will be made on Monday and the turkeys will be cooked the night before Thanksgiving,” Baldwin said. “It really smells good in here when the pies and turkeys are cooking.”
“Taking It To The Street” organizers Joe and Kathy Summers will gather volunteers from Christian Life Center to help prepare the food.
“They will provide us labor to get the food prepared and on the day of the dinner some volunteers will help serve,” Baldwin said.
Baldwin said at the first dinner seven years ago, he had 40 people. But since then it has grown between 300 and 400 people.
“Last year we had about 350 people,” Baldwin said.
Minder Meats of Bremerton will donate the turkeys, Valley Produce will donate potatoes and apples for the pies and Food Services of America will provide the other supplies at cost, according to Baldwin.
“We have a lot of support from people who want to help,” he said.
Baldwin said there will be about 200 pounds of turkey and 200 pounds of mashed potatoes to prepare.
During the dinner, people can come in and get dinners-to-go.
“We allow people to take dinner out and some people will come by and get 10-15 dinners for people who are shut-ins or unable to get out,” Baldwin said.
He said by the end of the dinner, little food is left.
“We have people all over the restaurant and even upstairs,” Baldwin said. “But the fun thing is that there will be lots of kids, ages 6-12, helping serve sodas and busing tables. It so nice to see.”
The dinners are free, but donations will be accepted.