Time to eat and be merry again, as the United Methodist Women (UMW) of Sallisaw's First United Methodist Church serve up their annual turkey dinner, with all the trimmings, at the church at 2100 McGee on November 7. Cost of the dinner is $10 per adult and $3 for children age 10 and under. The menu includes turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, rolls, a soft drink and homemade desserts (Yummm!) Anne Bottorff of the UMW said the dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Take-out meals are also available, and organizers ask that take-out meals be requested and reserved by calling 918-775-2538 between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. through Thursday, before the dinner on Friday. Take-out meals may be picked up at the church from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Friday.
This annual tradition, "Is a lot of hard work, but we enjoy it," Bottorff said. She said the UMW buys all the foods, and the money raised is donated to UMW missions. Those missions are numerous. The UMW supports the Sequoyah County's Boys and Girls Club and Catholic Charities in Sallisaw, the Cookson Hills Mission, and state and national missions through the Methodist Church, as well as helping with relief after natural disasters. And right at home, the UMW is helping support a Foster Care Co-op, which provides clothing and other necessities for children in foster care. Bottorff explained the co-op is for foster parents who are often called upon to provide a safe haven for kids without immediate financial support. The co-op provides new and gently-used clothing for children, ages newborn to age 5. The co-op is open the third Saturday of every month for foster parents at the church. "We are excited about it, and it's catching on," Bottorff said. Bottorff said the UMW's turkey dinner is a tradition. It attracts those of all ages and religions. "It is a time of community and tradition," she said. By Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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