November 24, 2001
People in South Routt who didn’t want to drive to Steamboat Springs for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner sponsored by LIFT-UP and Routt County United Way had a second option Thursday.
Ken and Tilitha Allen of Oak Creek offered a Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 3 p.m. at the Oak Creek Community Center.
When the Allens learned their three grown children would not be able to make it home for Thanksgiving, they decided to organize a community dinner.
Ken Allen said the turnout was not as big as he would have liked, but it still offered a good start to a tradition he and his wife would like to continue. Before and after the dinner, Allen said he and other volunteers delivered meals to residents at the senior citizen center in Oak Creek.
Now he and his wife are looking for places to donate the leftovers. “We have quite a bit left, and we’re not quite sure what to do with it,” Allen said.
When people began hearing of their efforts, a few donations of money and food, as well as volunteers, came forward, Tilitha Allen said.