Thanksgiving meals to be served Wednesday

Nathan Oster

Everyone in south Big Horn County will have an opportunity to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner next week.  Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and all the fixings will be served free of charge between 5:30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22 at the Herb Asp Community Center in Greybull.
It’s the seventh year the dinner has been offered to local residents.  The Shell Community Church is again taking the lead, with financial and volunteer assistance coming from other Basin and Greybull churches along with private donors.
“We often have people come up and tell us, ‘If it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t have a Thanksgiving,” shared Carol Zierlein, one of the event’s planners. “The first year we did it, we were talking to a fellow at the senior center who’d come home to organize his mom’s funeral.  His whole family had showed up, like 20-some people, and he didn’t know what they were going to do about Thanksgiving.  So we said, ‘Why don’t you come down to the Community Hall?’ That’s what they did.  Afterward, he said, ‘We don’t know how to thank you.’  It’s touching when you hear stories like that.”
Last year, between 350 and 400 people were served.
Some additional helpers are needed this year. If you’d like to volunteer, contact Lori Thon at 307-250-1678 or Beverly Henke at 307-202-1441.  Thon and Henke are also the contacts for anyone who would like a meal delivered to their home.  They request that you let them know by end of day Monday, Nov. 20.
While the meal is free, anyone wishing to donate will have opportunities to do so, said Zierlein.