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Aiken’s One Table in need of desserts

November 10, 2016 GMT

The organizers of One Table are seeking donations of homemade sweet treats for Aiken’s free Thanksgiving Day feast.

The community event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 24 in The Alley, located in downtown Aiken.

“We are in need more desserts,” said One Table Coordinator Kathyrn Wade. “Preferred desserts are pumpkin or pecan pies, cakes and cupcakes. But if you can make it and bring it, we will use it.”

Desserts should be dropped off at Newberry Hall from 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 23 p.m. and from 8 to 10 a.m. on the following day.

Newberry Hall is at 117 Newberry St. S.W.

“One Table is for anyone and everyone, and not just those who may be deemed needy,” Wade said. “This gathering is unique to Aiken in that it is open to people from all walks of life and socioeconomic levels. Many comments have been made through the years that only ‘poor people should be attending.’ However, that is not what this is about. It is an opportunity to sit elbow-to-elbow with someone who may be different.”

In addition, “One Table gives widows and widowers a place to go on Thanksgiving,” Wade said. “It gives people who do not have family in the area a place to go and meet others.”

Members of area churches and civic groups will prepare the dinner.

Turkey, dressing, rice, mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese will be on the menu along with sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls and various types of salads.

One Table has enough volunteer servers. They should attend one of the two training sessions that are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17 and 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at Newberry Hall.

Volunteers with questions about their duties should call Lynne Sharpe at 803-507-4015.

Meals will be delivered to shut-ins and handicapped individuals. For more information, call Wade at 803-295-8585.

There will be a non-perishable food drive at One Table. The items collected will be given to local food banks.