Today is Thanksgiving, or as some call it, “Turkey Day”. The holiday’s nickname is obviously because of all the turkey that is consumed. As a matter of fact, nearly 88 percent of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving. Those consuming the bird eat close to 46 million turkeys at Thanksgiving. That’s 13.3 pounds of Turkey per year for most Americans.
If you enjoy turkey, but don’t want to cook, or can’t cook a big holiday meal, the local Salvation Army is serving a Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the fellowship hall. The hall is located in the back of the Salvation Army building at 1100 N. Park Lane.
Many Thanksgiving Day meals are hosted by churches, and non-profit organizations inviting the less fortunate to enjoy a free meal. One such event was the well-attended Mission On Wheels event this past Friday. Some groups assemble food baskets and forward them to needy families, so they can cook their own meal. Dan Goodson III held his 3rd annual Turkey Giveaway for Altus folks yesterday.
“I want to give a big thanks to everyone who helped with this project in any way. Over 200 turkeys were handed out, along with bacon donated by Tyson Foods and and hot dogs from our local Bar-S Foods. Families were very happy to receive the food, and we hope to continue to help more families next year,” said Goodson.
Other Thanksgiving & Turkey Facts
* The first Thanksgiving dinner was a three-day harvest meal held by the founders of the Plymouth Colony in 1621.
* According to the National Turkey Federation the turkeys are roasted, baked or deep-fried. Other traditional foods include stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.
* Thanksgiving traditions include parades in cities and towns over the USA. The largest and most famous Thanksgiving Parade is the New York City’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.
* The Altus Christmas In The Park lighting is always held the Friday before Thanksgiving. This is done to make sure those coming in from out of town for Thanksgiving can enjoy the park while they are here.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221 ext. 2077