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IMAGE GALLERY: Chopping, Peeling and Prepping for 2,000 for Thanksgiving

Anyone home alone, in need of a meal or unable to cook or be with loved ones today are invited to the 24th Annual Curtis Family Thanksgiving at Eagles Hall between noon and 6 p.m.

Anyone home alone, in need of a meal or unable to cook or be with loved ones today are invited to the 24th Annual Curtis Family Thanksgiving at Eagles Hall between noon and 6 p.m.

In 1989, Mark and Karen Curtis were celebrating Thanksgiving with friends at the Dugout in Framingham and decided to invite some tenants of the boarding house upstairs to join them. Two year later, the Curtis' decided to put up signs inviting people to join them for a free hot Thanksgiving meal. Last year, more than 1,700 received a free Thanksgiving meal.

Today, organizers expect to serve more than 2,000 hot Thanksgiving meals.

Wednesday night, volunteers chopped, cut, peeled and prepped for the dinner.

There were families, members of the Framingham High swim, lacrosse and hockey teams, other student volunteers, Girl Scouts, business owners, Framingham State University students and more all volunteering their time to get everything ready for the big meal today.

More than 250 volunteers peeled more than 1,000 pounds of potatoes and the Framingham High boys swim team helped tackle the 300 pounds of onions, some wearing their goggles.

Volunteers are very much needed to help with serving, delivering and clean up today between 3 and 6 p.m.

While the dinner prep is over, financial donations are still welcome. 

To make your donations tax-deductible, The United Way of Tri-County has agreed, for the second year, to serve as fiscal agent at no fee, thus ensuring that 100% of all donations help feed your neighbors.

Checks should be made out to: Curtis Dinner/United Way and can be dropped
off at the Framingham Eagles, or mailed to 6 Sullivan Terrace, Framingham,
MA  01701. 

Credit card donations can also be made via the United Way’s Web site:  http://www.unitedwaytri-county.org/donate  The check off for the Curtis Dinner is on the bottom of the list.

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