Key Club students and volunteers helped out during a previous Thanksgiving Community Dinner. Submitted photo.

By: Sarah Elmquist Squires

Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks — it’s in the name. But it’s also a time to take stock of all our blessings, and find ways that we can share them with our families and communities. The spirit of thankful giving is pronounced among Riverton High School Key Club members, who are gearing up for their 16th annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner. After their efforts helped about 2,000 community members celebrate the holiday in style, the excitement is palpable among Key Club members this year.

“Because so many people expressed joy in helping with this dinner in the past, we wanted to bring back that opportunity,” said Francesca Jones, RHS Key Club advisor. Volunteers are invited to help out this year to pack boxes on Saturday, November 19, at 2:30 p.m. in the RHS commons.

Boxes include a whole turkey, stuffing mix, instant potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, a pie, rolls, green bean casserole ingredients, sweet potato casserole ingredients — everything needed to celebrate Thanksgiving in style. The boxes feed eight to 10 people each, and are distributed on November 19 starting at 3:45 p.m. at RHS.

Jones said the event is made special by so many coming together to make it happen. “The only way this outreach can happen is with the help of many generous local community members, businesses and service organizations,” she explained. “Last year, we helped feed over 2,000 people with the 250 food boxes we handed out … The recipient families were then able to invest in their own Thanksgiving meal by doing their own cooking. We are so honored to do this again with your help.”

Those who would like to help should meet in the high school commons at 2:30 p.m. on November 19. Those who would like a box should plan on going to the front of Riverton High School starting at 3:45 p.m. that day. To get in the pick-up line, head north on College View toward the hospital, turn east on Sunset, and enter using the first entrance to Riverton High School and proceed to the front of the building. You will be met by people ready to put a food box in your vehicle — just open your trunk, or let a volunteer know where to put the box. It’s that simple.

Each car will be provided with one box so that the event can benefit as many families as possible. And, make sure to spread the word!