Community Thanksgiving Dinner, White Christmas set

By Eddie Mowen Jr. -

EATON — The holiday season officially kicks off with Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 24, and moves directly into Christmas-oriented festivities on Friday, Nov. 25.

The 21st annual Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner will be served at Bruner Arena at the Preble County Fairgrounds in Eaton on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 24.

Every year, with the support of the Preble County community, the dinner serves hundreds of meals to local residents. The free meal will be served from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. It is a time for families and individuals to have a hot nutritious meal, and enjoy the fellowship of others as the holiday season kicks off.

The dinner is made possible through donations and help from many volunteers. The planning, preparation, set-up, clean-up etc. are all completed by volunteers but to make this happen sponsors help fund the meal costs.

Anyone who would like additional information, would like to volunteer, or who knows of someone who needs a meal delivered on Thursday, should contact Janelle Caron at the Community Action Partnership of Preble County at 937-456-2800.

Thanks to the many volunteers who helped with the Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner each year, hundreds of people are served, either by eating at the arena, taking their meal home, or having a meal delivered to them.

Donations may be made to the Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner at any time. Make a check payable to Community Action Partnership Preble County and mail it to 308 Eaton Lewisburg Rd. Eaton, OH 45320. In addition, in the memo line indicate the donation is for the “Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner.”

White Christmas in Eaton

After being canceled last year due to inclement weather, the 27th annual White Christmas Celebration will be back in downtown Eaton on Friday evening Nov. 25, on the Preble County Courthouse Plaza.

The annual parade will usher Santa to town at 6 p.m. The event includes a ceremony and invocation, and performances by the Eaton High School band, Hollingsworth-East Elementary students, and the Eaton Area Community Choir.

The evening will close with the singing of “White Christmas” and the lighting of the Christmas tree.

By Eddie Mowen Jr.