Little Brothers putting final touches on holiday meals throughout area

HANCOCK – Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly is mostly set for food for its annual Thanksgiving Day dinners, but it still needs some help, according to Cathy Aten.

“We need volunteers to deliver hot meals,” said Aten, who is LBFE volunteer coordinator.

Hot meals are delivered to elderly friends who are unable to get to the nine sit-down meal sites, and Aten said more than just delivering is involved. Volunteers are required to stay and visit if asked by the elderly friend to do so.

“That’s really the emphasis,” Aten said of the visits.

As far as food for the Thanksgiving meals are concerned, Aten said pies are still needed.

“We’ll take any kind of pie,” she said.

There are 64 turkeys available for the dinners, Aten said.

“We’re good with turkeys,” she said.

The turkeys will be pre-cooked today at Michigan Technological University. Wednesday, they’ll be delivered to the meal sites where they’ll be cut up, then reheated and served Thursday.

Aten said LBFE volunteers will be packing the organization’s Christmas food boxes next week.

“We do 215 (food boxes),” she said. “We have some food needs for those.”

There are 17 food items in the food boxes, Aten said. Needed are jams, Andes brand mints, ground coffee, small cans of juices, apple sauce, sardines in oil or mustard, and cranberry sauce.

For the Christmas day dinners, Aten said most dinner sites need volunteers.

“We need lots of help,” she said.

Christmas day is usually the most difficult time to get volunteers, Aten said, because many people are traveling or are with family.

This is the first year LBFE will have a Christmas dinner in Marquette, Aten said.

For the Christmas dinner, Aten said home made desserts and Christmas cookies are still needed.

To donate food or to volunteer for the Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners, call 482-6944.