Sign Up Now For Community Thanksgiving Dinners; Volunteers, Donations Appreciated

Northwest Iowa — Thanksgiving is coming up, and many of us are getting ready to roast the bird, make the sides, and sit down to a feast with family and friends. However, sometimes people have nowhere to go for Thanksgiving or have no one to share it with. There are meals planned in the area for just such a situation. Organizers of the meals say that everyone is welcome.

For most of these meals, pre-registration is required, so we’re telling you about them now so that you have a chance to sign up before the deadline.

In Sheldon, there will be a free Community Thanksgiving Dinner served for anyone who would like a traditional meal. It will be at the First Reformed Church in Sheldon on Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd. RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY! Call the church at 712-324-2130 to reserve your spot. The church is at 1101 7th Street in Sheldon.

In Rock Rapids, there will be a community Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd at noon at the First Reformed Church of Rock Rapids. Meals will be available in-person, for delivery, or to-go. Meals are free of charge, and rides will even be available to those in need. In Rock Rapids, you need to sign up by THIS FRIDAY, November 17th, by calling the Rock Rapids Chamber of Commerce at 712-472-3456 or the Rock Rapids First Reformed Church at 712-472-3729. You can also sign up online at Everyone is welcome. The Rock Rapids meal will feature turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, salads, and pies. They’re also looking for volunteers. Call either of those numbers for more information. You can register to volunteer at

In Sibley, you’re invited if you will be alone on Thanksgiving, or may not have the financial means to afford a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. The Church/Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner will be held in the Sibley First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall on Thanksgiving — Thursday, November 23, at 12 noon. There is no charge or freewill offering. For the Sibley meal they ask people not to request take-outs except for those who are homebound. If you would like to assist First Presbyterian on Thanksgiving Day, helping
hands would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Dean Popkes at 712-461-1235, if you would like to help. Monetary donations, to help support the expense of a dinner of this size, would be appreciated, as well. If you would like to contribute, checks may be made payable to First Presbyterian Church.

In Primghar, there’s a meal on Thanksgiving at the Primghar Church of Christ from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There’s no charge, but donations are accepted. For the Primghar meal, Call Darlene at 957-0665 or 348-4022 to reserve your seat or request take out or delivery.

Let us know if your community is having a free community Thanksgiving meal. You can email or call or text 712-324-2597 with the details.