Coalition offering free Thanksgiving dinners to those in need

Churches, community and other organizations planning sit-down dinneers with all the trimmings

For the fourth year, a coalition of churches, community and other organizations will provide Thanksgiving dinner for anyone in need.

The free Thanksgiving Day dinner will be offered from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov, 26, at St. Raymond Catholic Church, 11555 Shannon Ave, Dublin.

Especially invited are seniors, veterans, current military and any families or individuals who may be alone on that day and need a place for a nice sit-down dinner. This will include the

traditional dinner with turkey and all the trimmings, and pumpkin and apple pie for

Ken Mano, an organizer of the event, said the dinners will be served at tables on china and with silverware. Entertainment will be provided and there will be a play area for children.

Transportation for those who need it also will be available.

Mano said the event is endorsed by the mayors in Dublin, Pleasanton and San Ramon

Sponsors of the event include the Chambers of Commerce in Pleasanton and Dublin, the Pleasanton Community of Character Coalition, Dublin Integrity in Action, Pleasanton and Dublin school districts and Pleasanton Military Families.

Religious organizations supporting and sponsoring the program at St. Raymonds, The Church of Jesus

Christ of Latter-day Saints, Knights of Columbus, and Congregation Beth Emek.

Other sponsors include Open Heart Kitchen, Tri-Valley YMCA, City Serve, Boy Scouts of America,, Noah's Bagels and Cafe Attila.

Other interested in sponsoring and financially supporting the event are invited to contact the website for details at

Besides Mano, Matt Troiano and Janet Songey serve as co-chairs of the program.

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