That first Thanksgiving in 1621 was about sharing and celebrating the harvest bounty. That tradition lives on. Here's a list of places opening their hearts and hearths for those who are needy, alone, or just don't want to cook.
THE ATRIUM OF GRAND VALLEY
Senior citizens are invited to a free Thanksgiving buffet which will be served from 4-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 24. The Atrium is located at 3260 N. 12th St. Guests are asked to RSVP to 970-256-0006.
MESA VIEW RETIREMENT COMMUNITY
Mesa View, located at 601 Horizon Place, is also inviting local seniors for a free Thanksgiving feast noon Thursday, Nov. 24. RSVP to 970-241-0772.
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
All are invited to a community Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 24, at 1326 N. First St. For more information, call 970-242-7204.
THE SALVATION ARMY
These folks always do a wonderful, free spread for Thanksgiving. Dinner will be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 24, at the Elks Lodge in downtown Grand Junction, 249 S. Fourth St. Plenty of turkey and gratitude are on the menu. A side note: Catholic Outreach Soup Kitchen is closed on Thanksgiving.
HOMEWARD BOUND HOMELESS SHELTER
The homeless shelter is taking names for those in need who would like a Thanksgiving dinner food box. Call 970-256-9424. Salvation Army also does Thanksgiving food boxes, but call soon before they're all gone, 970-242-7513.
Nightclub by night, Thanksgiving Day meal site by day. For the third year in a row, the club, located at 3210 I-70 Business Loop in Clifton, is serving up fixin's for the homeless and needy of our community. Contact General Manager Mark McClure at 970-434-0320 for the time and date.