FAIRBORN — Fairborn Senior Center members will soon be treated to turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, a special dessert and all the dressings at its annual members Thanksgiving celebration.
Serving spoons will start scooping at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Fairborn Senior Center, 325 N. Third St. Tickets are on sale now and cost $5 per attendee. Officials are expecting to serve approximately 70 attendees with six turkeys, which were sponsored by Elmcroft of Fairborn.
“They’re our family and we take care of them,” Fairborn Senior Center Executive Director Ellen Slone-Farthing said.
After serving members a Thanksgiving dinner for a number of years, Slone-Farthing and her team have developed a process from creating the meal in the kitchen, to plating the food for members. They’re anticipating to start cooking the turkeys Wednesday. Other meals items, including potatoes, green beans, rolls and dressing, will start heating up the center beginning 7:30 a.m. Thursday.
“It’s a break for us to work in the kitchen,” Slone-Farthing said. “We work together and have a system. Some members try to volunteer to help but we want them to relax and enjoy the food.”
The members Thanksgiving dinner will include a special presentation following the meal, as well as a special dessert created by member JoAnn Collins.
The community Thanksgiving meal is slated for Thursday, Nov. 23. It is anticipated to serve a total of 500 individuals throughout the Fairborn community. Slone-Farthing has been in the senior center kitchen each Thanksgiving for more than a decade. She said more than 200 Thanksgiving meals will be delivered between 10-11 a.m. with two seating events at the senior center taking place at noon and 1 p.m. Reservations are currently being taken for the community meal, but no one will be turned away.
Individuals interested in volunteering or making monetary donations for the community meal may contact the senior center at 937-878-4141 for more information.
Contact Whitney Vickers at 937-502-4532.