Christ Episcopal Church is planning to hold its annual Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 26. The event is open to all members of the community seeking sustenance or fellowship.
Last year, more than 900 meals were served. The church anticipates an even larger turnout this year given the current state of the economy.
Jim Franz, long-time church member and former official with the Alameda Red Cross, coordinates the annual event. He is quick to point out that it is a group effort and would not be possible without the help of Immanuel Lutheran, St. Joseph's Basilica, Meals on Wheels drivers and volunteers from all over the East Bay.
Franz anticipates that more than 50 turkeys, 30 hams, 100 pies, and 400 pounds of mashed potatoes and yams will be served this year.
People have different reasons to participate in the annual feast. "Some come out of need for sustenance, some come so they don't have to eat alone, and many come just for the great food, good company, and the holiday spirit," Franz said.
The community is invited to join Christ Episcopal Church for this annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Food will be served between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and reservations are not required.
The church is located at 1700 Santa Clara Ave. (at Grand). For mor information, the phone number is 523-7200.