Donations and arrangements can be made for 29th annual Crawford AuSable Thanksgiving Day Dinner
Dan Sanderson | Staff Writer
A rock in the foundation for the Crawford AuSable Thanksgiving Day Dinner is being recognized as volunteers plan to put on the 29th annual holiday feast.
Sally Golnick, the mother of Therese Kaiser, who founded the Crawford AuSable Thanksgiving Day with her husband, Skip, has been taking reservations for the holiday meal since it was started.
The job entails gathering information on who requests home-delivered meals, and getting accurate directions to the homes for volunteer drivers.
“Even though sometimes things get in her way, she makes sure she gets the reservations taken and the good directions,” said Patty Crandall, the director of planning for the Crawford AuSable Thanksgiving Dinner.
Even more so, Golnick has formed lasting friendships with people that call her to schedule a meal delivery. One person called her on September 20, well before flyers were mailed to inform Crawford County residents that the meal would be served free again this year.
“She could write a book,” Crandall said. “They talk to her and visit with her every year and these people have formed relationships with her.”
The 29th annual Crawford AuSable Thanksgiving Dinner will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 28, at the Grayling Army Airfield. Takeout meals will also be available during that time.
The entrance to the Airfield is located off of Old U.S. 27 directly across from Ferrellgas.
Between 60 to 62 turkeys will be donated for the feast from Family Fare of Grayling, which is the maximum oven space the military can provide to roast the birds.
“They out did themselves last year by giving us even larger turkeys which were amazing,” Crandall said.
Arrangements have been made with private citizens and businesses to buy the ingredients for side dishes and containers for the meal.
“It’s the amazing community we have, which is really what makes this happen, which is huge,” Crandall
Organizers and volunteers plan to serve and deliver over 1,000 meals.
Between 150 to 200 volunteers help with meal.
“It’s very, very cool that all the folks show up and volunteer,” Crandall said. “It’s become a tradition for a lot of families and that’s pretty cool to see and watch the kids grow up.”
If you would like to donate to help with the dinner, you can send your check to C.A.T.D. P.O. Box 247, Grayling, MI 49738. If you are a business that would like to donate, make a note with your donation if you would like your business name published in the Crawford County Avalanche as a donor.
If you would like to prepare the food and dining area on Wednesday before Thanksgiving, package about 800 home-delivered meals, deliver meals throughout the county, or serve and tend to the dining area on Thanksgiving Day, call Crandall at (989) 745-3557.
Volunteers should plan to be at the dining hall at 9 a.m. the day of the meal.
Last year, fire departments from throughout the county helped get meals to residents in their respective service areas as a community outreach effort.
“They were helping with deliveries between fire calls,” Crandall said.
If you would like a meal delivered to your home on Thanksgiving Day, call Sally Golnick at (989) 348-9418.
If you need a ride to the airfield to dine on Thanksgiving Day, Dial-A-Ride, once again, has offered to provide transportation free charge if you call no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday before the dinner to arrange for a ride. You can reach Dial-A-Ride at (989) 348-5409.