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MORRISTOWN – With Thanksgiving nearly upon us the Morristown Fire Hall is showing signs of activity as organizers prepare for the third annual community Thanksgiving Day Dinner.

The dinner will be served at 1 p.m. Nov. 22, following a noon social hour at the Fire Hall, 200 Morris St.

David J. Murray, Morristown town clerk and one of the organizers of the dinner, said the meal is about “community; it’s for everyone.”

Last year’s dinner saw more than 200 people show up, said Mr. Murray, and this year’s dinner is already looking like a community gathering – even before the turkeys are carved.

Sponsored by the Morristown Volunteer Fire Department, the event was founded by Shear Image hair salon owner Mary M. Paquette.

With more than a dozen volunteers who are helping make the community dinner a success the efforts of Ms. Paquette have been amplified.

Lynn G. Tayler, the advisor for the Morristown Central School Honor Society, said she is sending roughly 10 students to the Fire Hall on Wednesday to help with preparations for the meal.

“Everybody does what they can,” she said of the students.

Besides being a gathering place for the community, the Thanksgiving Day Dinner has also been utilized to raise money for area charities and events.

This year donations will be accepted for the Hammond, Brier Hill and Morristown Food Pantry, the Morristown Volunteer Fire Department’s Children’s Christmas Party and the Brier Hill Volunteer Fire Department Christmas Party.

Last year’s dinner raised more than $2,800 said Ms. Paquette.

Cash, non-perishable food and toiletries will be accepted as donations at the meal although Ms. Paquette stressed that the meal itself is free.

Because the meal is designed to be a community gathering, the organizers want everyone in the community to have access to the event.

“Anybody that needs a ride can contact 375-4442 or 375-8211,” said Peter A. Paquette. He also said meals will be delivered, free of charge, to anyone who can’t make it out of their home.

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