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Ashland Fireman Dana Sallee dishes out the food at the Fire Departments annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Senior Center in 2016. File photo by Larry Stauth Jr.

Serving up free Thanksgiving meals

Free community Thanksgiving meals in are set for Monday and Thursday in Ashland.

The first is an annual Ashland Fire and Rescue tradition.

For the 10th year, Ashland firefighters will provide Thanksgiving dinner to more than 100 local senior citizens from 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave.

This event is open to firefighters, administrative staff, friends and family to cook, serve and participate with help from the Ashland Middle School food service group.

Dinner includes nine turkeys, three hams, 50 pounds of potatoes, green beans, pies “and all the fixings.”

The event is funded by the Ashland Firefighter Association 1269 in collaboration with Ashland Fire and Rescue and Parks and Recreation.

Fire Capt. Marshall Rasor said he’s pleased to coordinate the dinner for the second year in a row.

“This event is a great way to give back to our community,” Rasor said. “Many area seniors look forward to the opportunity to eat together, share stories, and meet their local firefighters and families.”

The second event is for everyone from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22, at Pioneer Hall and the Community Center next door, 59 Winburn way. Dinner will be served from noon to 2 p.m.

The event, sponsored by Ashland Community Peace Meal and Southern Oregon Jobs With Justice, is entirely volunteer run.

Last year more than 150 people were served, and that number is expected to double this year, according to a press release.

Volunteers are needed to help provide food, set up, serve food and clean up. To sign up to donate food, visit bit.ly/2ELw1tx.

To sign up for a volunteer shift, about 1-1.5 hours of work, visit bit.ly/2PLmZks.

For more information on the community Thanksgiving Day meal, call Jason Houk at 541-841-8341.

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