Donations pour in for Community Thanksgiving Dinner in Steamboat Springs |

Donations pour in for Community Thanksgiving Dinner in Steamboat Springs

It was a packed house at the Steamboat Springs Community Center for Routt County United Way's Thanksgiving dinner in 2015.
Austin Colbert

— It’s safe to bring your appetite to Routt County United Way’s annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday.

Thanks to an outpouring of last minute commitments to donate food that came in this week, the organization expects to have more than enough fixings for the feast.

They’ve also received commitments from enough volunteers to help serve food and clean up after the meal, which is expected to feed more than 800 people.

“We’ve got plenty of volunteers and more than enough food,” said Lauren Jenkins, executive assistant for Routt County United Way.

The meal is free and open to the public from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave.

On Monday, staff at United Way weren’t so sure the event would have enough food, and they were still seeking commitments for dozens of dishes including potatoes, green been casseroles and turkeys.

After publicizing the need for more food Tuesday, the public stepped up, Jenkins said.

“We filled up that day. The phones were ringing off the hook,” she said.

Though United Way officials believe they’re prepared for the Thanksgiving meal, Jenkins said there are still upcoming opportunities for anyone looking to give back to the community.

Routt County United Way is seeking donations of new toys, children and adult clothing and grocery gift cards for the upcoming Holiday Exchange Market, as well as volunteers to collect donations and help at the market.

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To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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