Volunteerism booms around the holiday.
If you want to spend part of your Thanksgiving week actually giving, consider volunteering at or donating to one of the free Thanksgiving dinners in Erie and Crawford counties.
Here’s a list of free meals, courtesy of my colleague Dana Massing. While most of these dinners already have volunteer cooks and servers, donations like pies or cranberries are needed, Massing found.
Massing encourages interested parties to call ahead to discover what the organization’s needs are.
-Noon to 2 p.m.: Community of Caring, 245 E. Eighth St., 456-6661.
-11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Erie City Mission, 1023 French St., 452-4421.
-3-6 p.m.: Odessa’s Place, 628 W. 18th St., takeout only, 899-3457.
-10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Calamari’s Squid Row and Mercyhurst Preparatory School, at Calamari’s, 1317 State St., call in advance for delivery, 459-4276.
-11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Sisters of St. Joseph and Gannon University, at Gannon’s Waldron Campus Center, 124 W. Seventh St., requests for delivery must be made Tuesday between 9 and 11 a.m., 836-4100.
-11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Hyatt’s Old Fashioned Restaurant, 928 West Erie Plaza, 456-0102.
-Noon: Family & Community Christian Association, 378 Chestnut St., Meadville, call in advance for delivery, (814) 337-4279.
-Noon to 3 p.m.: Sons of the American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary, Post 237, 1 S. Main St., Union City, reservations appreciated, (814) 438-2312.
-1-4 p.m.: Dominick’s 24 Hour Eatery, 123 E. 12th St., 456-6891.