Joshua House staff invites the community to join them in giving thanks by attending the free annual community Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday, November 26.

The turkey dinner complete with all the fixings will be served by volunteers from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Armory, 926 Logan Ave., Tyrone.

“There is no need to register. Simply show up hungry and ready to have fellowship with others,” said Derek Vaughn, director.

“I’m excited to see old friends and new friends at our annual Thanksgiving dinner,” said Nancy Kilmartin, an event volunteer and coordinator. “It is such a privilege to be able to provide a dinner to say thank you to our community for all it does for us all year long.”

In its 19th year, Joshua House staff has emphasized this is a community dinner, not just about feeding people, but an opportunity for the community of Tyrone — and beyond — to share a meal together.

“We started with a dinner for the teens in the community when our facility at 10 West 10th Street was still under construction,” said Jim Kilmartin, Joshua House founder and executive director. “Then we joined forces with the Salvation Army to host it several years, and then when they closed, we continued it.”

Last year, Joshua House served approximately 400 people. To make this event a success, it takes a small army of volunteers and a generous number of in-kind food donations. Anyone interested in volunteering or donating food can contact derek@joshuahouse.com or 814-684-2032. Anyone in need of takeout meals or home delivery, may also call to reserve meals.

“We love to host people from the community and provide a great meal that everyone is welcome to. It’s a joy to welcome people from every walk of life and sit at the table together,” shared Jim Kilmartin. “Every year, we have so many that love to volunteer to cook, serve, and clean up this event. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time that many people thinks of others first.”

This year, the Joshua House will not hold its Christmas Giving program as many other organizations in the area are offering help, including the Tyrone School District, Salvation Army, Froggy, Sheetz, and the Community Worship Center. “We felt that there was a lot of overlap,” Jim Kilmartin explained.

Separately, the annual Thanksgiving meal prepared by DJ’s Café in Tyrone will not be offered this year. Many residents have inquired, and owner Lisa Baum said with regret that after 16 years, the meal will not be offered as she needs to put her family first. She is grateful for many offers of help that have been received, and for the support of the community.

Adeena Harbst can be reached at aharbst@thedailyherald.net.

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