CENTER LINE - From McMuffins to turkey dinners, everybody pitching in

I see where McDonald's will be open for Thanksgiving breakfast. You always can count on the Golden Arches when you're in a pinch.
bigjoe
Jul 25, 2010

I see where McDonald's will be open for Thanksgiving breakfast.

You always can count on the Golden Arches when you're in a pinch.

Nothing says Happy Thanksgiving better than an Egg McMuffin, hash brown and a cup of coffee.

If you're looking for a little more, how about a traditional turkey dinner with dressing and all of the trimmings?

This is a great time of the year a time when everybody wants to help. There are many groups and organizations around town pitching in to help feed the needy over the holidays. Donations are down across the nation, so any kind of help is appreciated now more than ever.

The Norwalk High School Key Club raised funds two weeks ago with a teacher-student basketball game, then turned around and spent all of the proceeds on food for the needy. The group handed out food baskets Thursday night.

Club adviser Phyllis Zieber has been part of this tradition for more than a decade-and-a-half.

"Rachel (Zieber) graduated in 95, so it probably started in the fall of 91," said LaMar Zieber, also a teacher at NHS who is "along for the ride" helping his wife on the project. "The kids really enjoy the game and we had about 20 kids help with the turkey baskets last week. They seemed to have fun."

The St. Paul High School Key Club collected food Sunday to donate to the Salvation Army.

Sandy Nickoli, St. Paul Key Club adviser, said it's a win-win situation for everybody.

"We had a little over 50 kids help us and I got a truckload of stuff for the Salvation Army," Nickoli said. "The kids did well. They had a lot of fun doing it. We have done this the last eight years. I think this kind of starts off the season of giving for them. The kids use this as a jump start for them. They enjoy it and they always come back.

"I have one group that drives around to meet their family and friends and comes back with a carload of food. And this is always a good time to mix up the freshmen with the seniors (to let the younger students meet new friends)."

Nickoli said the food goes into the Salvation Army Christmas baskets. "It started out as a few hundred baskets and now I think it's over 1,000," she said. "And they get donations from the different churches to fill up the baskets."

And there's more.

Hot meals will be delivered right to your home Thursday if you want one. All you have to do is ask.

A group of Norwalk residents headed by Skip and Patti Wilde and Robin and Dave Bleile is continuing a decade-long tradition this Thanksgiving by offering dinner at the Norwalk Catholic School elementary cafeteria. And if you can't make it, the meal will be delivered.

Skip Wilde said meals are served to between 100 to 150 people each year.

"Most people are getting their fill of food; there are people who aren't," Wilde said.

He said the people who take advantage of the meal may not have anywhere to go. Or, they physically cannot get out.

Either way, the Wildes and the Bleiles have you covered. They can deliver meals to your home, provide transportation to the Norwalk Catholic School elementary cafeteria or simply greet you at the door.

The meal is a traditional Thanksgiving feast and includes turkey, dressing and all the trimmings.

For home delivery, provide names, addresses and phone numbers by Wednesday by calling Skip or Patti Wilde at (419) 668-2766 or Robin Bleile at (419) 668-1114.

Everybody is more than welcome, Wilde said.