40th free UHS Thanksgiving meal could use a little help itself

URBANA — It's the 40th year for Urbana High School's free Thanksgiving Dinner, and organizers are still looking for volunteers to cook, serve and pick up community members who'd like to attend.

The high school's student senate coordinates the meal, scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. No reservations are required and anyone who'd like to partake can just walk into the school's commons (enter the building through the Iowa Street door) and enjoy the meal.

The student senate pays for the meal with money from fundraisers, and local sponsors provide food, as well.

Senate member Audrey Spears, a sophomore, said she and her family have volunteered two years previously.

"My mom actually helps cook the dinner and I helped set up and serve," Spears said. "I think that's the most fun because (attendees) tell you stories about their Thanksgiving Day. It's just really fun."

Spears said volunteers are important because they're serving the community through the event. "It's really sad to think that some people don't have a Thanksgiving Day dinner," she said. "It just puts a smile on my face to know that we're here to help people have a dinner that day."

She said the student senate can use as many volunteers as possible and also welcomes financial donations to help pay for the food.

To volunteer, contact Urbana High School at 384-3505, extension 4036, and leave a voicemail for the student senate.

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