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The Sisters of St. Joseph Thanksgiving Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day to anyone who is alone, in need or would otherwise not celebrate the holiday. The dinner will once again take place at Gannon University’s Waldron Campus Center, 124 West 7th Street.  The meal is free and reservations are not required.  Individuals who are homebound can have a dinner delivered.   ARRANGEMENTS FOR HOME DELIVERY CAN BE MADE BY CALLING 836-4198 ON TUESDAY, NOV. 24, 2015, BETWEEN 9 AND 11 A.M.

Last year, nearly 800 meals, including more than 500 home deliveries, were served.  The effort continues to grow and the collaboration with Gannon University provides a larger space while still offering a convenient, downtown location.   

“Once again, it is our privilege to provide Thanksgiving dinners to those who otherwise would be unable to celebrate this uniquely American holiday,” said Mary Claire Kennedy, SSJ, Social Justice Coordinator for the Sisters of St. Joseph.   

“The Sisters of St. Joseph are essential to the lineage and legacy of Gannon University. The entire Gannon community is honored to be a part of the Sisters’ legacy of service to the community by opening our campus to the day of gratitude and fellowship,” said Gannon University President Keith Taylor, Ph.D. “Service to our neighbors – especially our neighbors in downtown Erie – is a central part of our mission as a Catholic and caring University, especially during this season of giving.”

The Thanksgiving Dinner is possible each year because of the hundreds of volunteers and benefactors who come together for this effort.  PLEASE NOTE, VOLUNTEERS ARE SCHEDULED IN ADVANCE AND DUE TO THE TREMENDOUS RESPONSE, NO ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED. 

“The generosity of all those who contribute to this endeavor, in so many ways, and who donate to the Thanksgiving Dinner Fund, make this possible.  In addition, many others will benefit throughout the year from the services of local agencies who receive donations from the fund.  We are grateful to Gannon University and to everyone who supports us in continuing this long-standing tradition,” Kennedy said. 

Monetary donations help cover the cost of the dinner and provide needed resources to local shelters, food banks and agencies throughout the year DONATIONS MAY BE SENT TO THE THANKSGIVING DINNER FUND, SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH, 5031 WEST RIDGE ROAD, ERIE, PA  16506-1249.  For more information, call 814-836-4198.

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