PITTSBURG — Turkey, potatoes, pie and more will be served during the Pittsburg Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday at St. John Lutheran Church Activity Center.
People, churches and other organizations in the community are bringing the public a free traditional Thanksgiving dinner. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. People who want to have a carry-out order must do so by calling St. John Lutheran Church at 620-231-4085 by noon on Wednesday. Free will donations are accepted.  
The dinner will take 125 pounds of potatoes — peeled and mashed by the Phi Kappa Chapter of the Phi Tau Omega Sorority — 32 turkeys, four cases of sweet potatoes and 120 pies donated by local churches, the Dishing Divas and Cub Scouts.
Meadowlark K-Kids helped bring equipment upstairs and washed dishes. The students also created decorations, turkeys with a hidden toilet paper body which will be donated to Wesley House after the dinner.
“They have been a great help,” Thanksgiving Dinner Committee Member Lance Davis said. Davis said it is a great opportunity for the children to learn how to volunteer.
President of K-Kids Chloe Riska’s role on Friday was to wash dishes. She said her duty in Kiwanis is to “help people that need it and make sure that everyone is happy.”
“It makes me happy to help,” Chloe said. “Everyone ends up with a smile on their face.”
K-Kids Treasurer Maizey Williams agreed and said, “it makes me feel good,” the best part about being in K-Kids is “to help the community.”  
Over 30 years ago, the dinner was created to make sure no one was alone on the holidays. It has grown year after year and they now serve approximately 1,000 meals.
The event is made possible by donations and free will donations at the dinner. Davis said one of the longest-standing donors is Sugar Creek of whom Davis said the committee is appreciative.
To help defray the costs associated with the meal people may send a check to St. John Lutheran, 304 West 3rd Street, Pittsburg, Kansas 66762.  Designate Community Thanksgiving Dinner on the check.
People interested in volunteering can call the church at 620-231-4085. Volunteer work varies from set-up to serving and busing tables.
Davis also applauded Committee Member Kathy Sanely for her efforts of keeping records and organizing a book with cooking times and more in them of the years, making the dinner preparations go smooth.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.