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One Table in Aiken returning for Thanksgiving, organizers need assistance

October 9, 2018

Preparations are underway for One Table, Aiken’s free community Thanksgiving dinner.

The 2018 edition of the event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in The Alley on Nov. 22.

“We need help making it happen,” said Kathryn Wade, who has returned as One Table’s event coordinator after stepping down in 2017 and serving as a consultant.

She and her fellow organizers are seeking 120 volunteers to perform a variety of tasks, including serving food and drinks, greeting guests and bussing tables.

To offer assistance, call One Table Volunteer Coordinator Lynne Sharpe at 803-649-3894 or send an email to lsharpe624@gmail.com.

“Volunteers will be assigned jobs on a first come, first served basis,” Wade said. “Positions fill up fast. We will not assign volunteers past Oct. 31.”

In addition, churches, civic groups and individuals willing to prepare and donate side dishes and desserts should contact Sharpe.

Specifically, One Table’s organizers would like to receive macaroni and cheese, rice, green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, dressing, cakes and pies, Wade said.

She added that donations of money also would be appreciated.

“Each year, it takes approximately $5,000 to cover the costs of One Table,” Wade said. “Last year, our expenses exceeded our donations. We are grateful that a couple of local ministries stepped in to fund the deficit. The money pays for the turkeys, T-shirts for the volunteers, paper goods and miscellaneous items.”

Checks can be sent to 1900 Whiskey Road, Aiken, S.C. 29803. They should be made out to Life Choices/One Table.

Except for 2014, when One Table wasn’t held, Wade played key role in coordinating the event from 2007 through 2016.

“Fairly significant health issues” were the reason for her hiatus in 2017, Wade said.

Now, she is feeling better.

“I love One Table so much, and I’m glad to be back,” Wade said. “I enjoy working with people and being engaged with the community. It’s part of what I do at Thanksgiving.”

Wade estimated that more than 1,800 local residents and visitors to Aiken ate Thanksgiving dinner at One Table in 2017.

“We hope will we will have even more for this year’s meal,” she said.

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