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11/25/2012 6:01:00 AM
Kingmanites deliver Thanksgiving dinner, spirit
Overflow of volunteers arrive to help feed homebound, needy
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It was time to stand and deliver for volunteers who lined up at the Gardens Care Center on Thanksgiving Day to take prepared dinners to homebound seniors and families in need.
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It was time to stand and deliver for volunteers who lined up at the Gardens Care Center on Thanksgiving Day to take prepared dinners to homebound seniors and families in need.
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The volunteer effort turned into a feeding frenzy Thursday, with an additional 60 names added to the original list of 89 set to receive Thanksgiving dinners delivered by residents.
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The volunteer effort turned into a feeding frenzy Thursday, with an additional 60 names added to the original list of 89 set to receive Thanksgiving dinners delivered by residents.

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter


The line to deliver hot Thanksgiving meals to local homebound seniors and families in need Thursday stretched from the kitchen at the Gardens Care Center, down the hall, around the lobby and out the door.

So many people showed up that the Kingman Senior Center Site Council and the Gardens had to add another 60 homes to its original list of 89 seniors.

"It was wonderful. We were just inundated with people. I couldn't count them all," said John Kirby, a member of the site council who works for the Gardens and the Lingenfelter Center. "We had so many show up that we ran out of meals to deliver. I had to call (the Western Arizona Council of Government) for more addresses. They sent over a bunch of addresses for families in need and we sent out deliveries to them too.

"There were many people who were disappointed that they couldn't deliver more than one meal, but I didn't have enough addresses," he said. "In total, I think we delivered around 150 meals."

David Bekaert of Chicago Title was one of the many volunteers who showed up.

"I saw the story in the paper and put out a mass email to everyone I knew in the real estate business. I also posted it on Facebook," he said. "I had about 38 people sign up and show up to volunteer. They're just a great group of people."

"When I saw how many people showed up on Thursday to help, I almost cried," he said.

Bekaert later heard that one of the volunteers from his group made a separate dash to the store for a special item one resident requested.

Kirby said members of the Elks, Kiwanis and Rotary clubs also showed up to help out.

The Gardens split the $1,400 to $1,500 cost of preparing and packaging the food with the Kingman Site Council, he said. The kitchen crew at the Gardens started cooking Wednesday night and the meals were packaged and ready to go before the crowd of volunteers showed up at 9:30 a.m.

The volunteer delivery response was so overwhelming that the Gardens and the site council want volunteers to deliver hot meals to seniors on Christmas Day. The two organizations haven't set a time yet, Kirby said, but it will be a little later in the day so families will have a chance to have breakfast and open gifts.

For more information, call Kirby at (928) 718 - 4456.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, November 23, 2013
Article comment by: Annamarie Correa

My grandmother just past and my grandfather lives in Kingman with no family. I live in California and did a internet search and found your organization, I would love if he can a dinner delivered on thanksgiving and I would love to make a donation. I so appreciate and touched by what you do. Please say a very special thank you to your volunteers for caring. Please call. Thank you so much. Annamarie Correa

Posted: Monday, November 26, 2012
Article comment by: ate there last Thanksgiving .....

really nice folks, and this deserves much more than a couple responses here!

Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2012
Article comment by: golden valley man

this makes me so happy to see. more so cause i felt guilty that i didnt show up do to car trouble as i was headed there to help out. needless to say i will definatly be there on christmas



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